BLSA says re­flec­tion needed on Youth Day

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - News - KEITUMETSI MOTLHALE kei­tumet­sim@afro­

BUSI­NESS Lead­er­ship South Africa (BLSA) says Youth Month is a sig­nif­i­cant time to com­mem­o­rate not only the cru­cial turn­ing point in the fight against apartheid but also to re­flect on how South Africa is de­vel­op­ing thriv­ing sec­tors led by Africans.

BLSA said this was also a time to re­flect on whether the coun­try was pre­par­ing its next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers.

BLSA said it has pro­grammes that em­power the youth and pro­vide them with op­por­tu­ni­ties to har­ness their skills.

BLSA ac­knowl­edges the role and po­si­tion of its mem­ber com­pa­nies as cus­to­di­ans of re­sources and op­por­tu­nity.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s CEO Bo­nang Mo­hale said: “This com­mits BLSA to in­vest­ing for job cre­ations and in­vest­ing com­mu­ni­ties, sup­port­ing small busi­ness and em­pow­er­ing black lead­er­ship among oth­ers. All these goals are tar­geted partly, al­though not ex­clu­sively, at the youth.”

He said the chal­lenge is to en­sure that the con­ver­sa­tion car­ries be­yond this month or even June 16.

He said black youths were in dire need of em­pow­er­ment be­cause as many be­lieve, the busi­ness com­mu­nity has not done enough.

“It is prob­a­bly true that as a so­ci­ety we have not done as well or as much as we can (to em­power the youth), but there may be rea­sons. One of these is our education sys­tem and the type and qual­ity of ma­tric­u­lates and later the grad­u­ates it pro­duces, these need to be in­ter­ro­gated.

“Young peo­ple need to re­main fo­cused and mo­ti­vated and en­gaged in the pe­riod be­tween com­plet­ing stud­ies and search­ing for study op­por­tu­ni­ties or em­ploy­ment.

“So we need pro­grammes to keep young peo­ple en­gaged and plugged into to op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Bo­nang Mo­hale

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