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Many join anti-drug cam­paign on Youth Day

The Rep - - YOUNG REP - By Tem­bile Sgqolana By Abongile Sol­und­wana

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple – both young and old - from Mlungisi, Ez­i­be­leni and Whit­tle­sea gath­ered at the Mzingisi Sk­weyiya hall in Mlungisi for the drugs and al­co­hol aware­ness cam­paign or­gan­ised by crime-fight­ing ini­tia­tive Iliso Lomzi to celebrate Youth Day on Tues­day.

The cel­e­bra­tion marks 39 years since the upris­ing on June 16, 1976 and 21 years since South Africa at­tained free­dom and democ­racy.

Lo­cal doc­tor Kholek­ile Shasha, said the youth must fo­cus on their books and on how to build the na­tion. “No one will give you things, you need to come up with ideas on how to de­velop this coun­try be­cause we are in an ide­o­log­i­cal bat­tle,” he said.

Shasha said al­co­hol and drugs were poi­son. “They af­fect your ed­u­ca­tion. If the youth do not use drugs and al­co­hol they will go for­ward. God has given peo­ple choices - drink al­co­hol or not,” he said.

Young peo­ple had to pur­sue healthy lifestyles. “In or­der to change the coun­try you must change the way you are liv­ing.”

He said Iliso Lomzi was an or­gan- isa­tion that pro­tected ev­ery­one.

“Iliso Lomzi are God’s sol­diers. Peo­ple will at­tack them, but they will suc­ceed,” he said, adding that he would do urine tests on the mem­bers of Iliso Lomzi. “If some­one is found to have used drugs, they will be fired.”

Mzwandile Ngondo of Iliso Lomzi thanked the peo­ple who at­tended the event.

“Iliso Lomzi is now present in the whole of the Chris Hani dis­trict. Peo­ple who do not fol­low the rules are shown the way. We ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port we get from the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Ngondo said Youth Day cel­e­bra­tions used to be or­gan­ised by the ANC YOUNG en­trepreneurs in the re­new­able energy sec­tor were the fo­cus of a work­shop hosted by the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) in Queen­stown re­cently.

The main ob­jec­tive was to pro­mote the energy sec­tor by pro­mot­ing the flow of in­for­ma­tion to young en­trepreneurs and to en­able their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sec­tor and by ex­plor­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able at the Nel­son Man­dela Metropoli­tan Univer­sity, Lovedale FET Col­lege, Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity and Ikhala FET Col­lege.

The work­shop was also used to Youth League, but they had lost mo­men­tum as some did not have the in­ter­ests of the com­mu­nity at heart. “We still have a huge role to play in chang­ing the lives of the poor peo­ple in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Chair­man of Iliso Lomzi, Mnce­disi Mbego, said they were writ­ing to all those who were selling drugs in Mlungisi, telling them to stop it.

“We used to have marches against drugs and al­co­hol, but this year we de­cided to have this aware­ness cam­paign and to show peo­ple that we are tired of drugs in our com­mu­ni­ties. We want to stop these peo­ple who are killing our chil­dren by selling drugs to them.” cre­ate a plat­form to cre­ate busi­ness net­work­ing chan­nels.

The re­new­able energy sec­tor was high­lighted as a way to cap­i­talise on the spi­ralling energy cri­sis fac­ing South Africa.

Stan­ley Seme­lane, who pre­sented the op­por­tu­ni­ties for small, medium and mi­cro en­ter­prises, said the Eastern Cape had the most op­por­tu­ni­ties with 50% of the wind farms in the coun­try, un­der the re­new­able energy in­de­pen­dent power pro­duc­ers’ pro­cure­ment pro­gramme.

DEDEAT com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Sixo­lile Makaula said, “With the need to cre­ate var­i­ous energy sources for sus­tain­able energy gen- er­a­tion, the re­new­able energy sec­tor is seen as an op­por­tu­nity to stim­u­late the youth to par­tic­i­pate in the main­stream of the econ­omy. The sec­tor has enor­mous po­ten­tial for job cre­ation through fast-track­ing skills de­vel­op­ment.”

Stake­hold­ers present in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Depart­ment of Energy, In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Ser­vices SETA, Eastern Cape De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Small En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Agency, the Dis­trict Youth Coun­cil, Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and sur­round­ing lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Man­u­fac­tur­ers in the re­new­able energy in­dus­try also at­tended to show­case their prod­ucts.

WE ARE SAY­ING NO: Young peo­ple per­form skits at the Iliso Lomzi aware­ness day in com­mem­o­rat­ing Youth Day. The day also served to com­mu­ni­cate an anti-drug abuse mes­sage to the youth

EN­TREPRENEURS: Asanda Ndulil­isa (lo­cal de­vel­op­ment man­ager), Asanda Dlik­ilili (pro­gram di­rec­tor), Kon­waba Klish (prin­ci­pal trade and In­dus­try ad­vi­sor) and Ayanda Saki (re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager)

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