Africa Urged to Invest in Young Leaders

Kenny Dlamini writes that during the United States of America-Africa Leaders’ summit which took place on August 2014 in Washington, one of the shared commitments outlined by the United Sates and African governments is to increase investment in the next generation; investment in Africa’s youth.

Dlamini says the call to invest in the youth was in line with the theme of the summit ‘Investing in the Next Generation’, which focused on ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.

Youth Should Play in Developing Africa

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, says that young people should play a pivotal role if Africa’s envisaged development is to be realised.

Addressing a national youth consultative forum on the African Union’s Agenda 2063, Landers affirmed that, “We are fully cognisant that the young people of today are the main players and partners if we wish to move the process of the development of the continent forward.”

NYDA Launches Youth Month

The government agency tasked with Youth matters, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), has launched the Youth Month Programme in Soweto.

NYDA spokesperson, Siya Magadla, says the launch will take place at Hector Peterson Square and people such as Minister in Presidency Jeff Radebe, and his Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, and Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, graced the event.

Teachers Recommend Youth Empowerment

Teachers attending the upgrading seminar on enterprises in Angola have recommended a major stimulus in regard to entrepreneurial activities, with a view to create more jobs for young people.

According to the final communiqué of the meeting, the teachers highlight the importance of training on entrepreneurial activities as a tool that can guarantee the acquisition of competences, capacities and experiences in generating small and big businesses.

HEAIDS Welcomes Flavoured Condoms

The Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) has welcomed the idea of giving colourful and flavoured condoms to tertiary institutions.

HEAIDS director, Ramneek Ahluwalia, points out that encouraging condom use among tertiary students is a good place to start, since many students join the higher education and training facilities from the age of 15.

The comments follow a report by the Human Sciences Research Council, which highlights that it is between the ages of 15 to 24 where the youth is most at risk of acquiring HIV.

Alcohol Abuse Linked to Unemployment

World Health Organisation’s report (2011) estimates that South Africans consume an average of 9.46 litres of pure alcohol per adult every year, which is more than a third higher than the African regional average of 6.2 litres of pure alcohol.
According to a 2014 South African Medical Journal article, alcohol is the most abused drug in the country and alcohol abusers account for more than half of all patients being treated for substance addiction.

Govt Investing in the Youth - Zuma

Jacob Zuma - at the Presidential Indaba on Youth Jobs and Skills - announced that the youth employment has grown and emphasises the importance of investing in the youth.

Zuma states that youth employment has vastly increased since the adoption of the Youth Employment Accord.

He adds that, "420 000 new jobs have been created… mainly in construction linked to our National Infrastructure Plan, the trade sector, government programmes, business services, transport and communication."

Thembekile Mandela Foundation Launched

Former President Nelson Mandela's granddaughter Ndileka, is continuing with Madiba's legacy to enhance education in rural areas.

Ndileka has launched a new foundation in honour of her father and Madiba's eldest son Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969. 

The Thembekile Mandela Foundation will focus on education, health and youth development in rural areas and its first project will be to refurbish the hostels Clarke Berry School in the Eastern Cape.

ILO: Weak Global Recovery Bad for Growth

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says a weak recovery from the 2008 global economic downturn has curtailed job growth around the world.

The Geneva-based agency says that nearly 202 million workers were unemployed in 2013, up five million from the year before.

It further says youth unemployment is a particular problem, with more than 74 million people aged 15 to 24 out of work in 2013, adding that the youth employment rate is more than 13 percent, more than twice the overall global jobless rate.

Youth Unemployment Highest in the World

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk 2014 report, South Africa has the third highest unemployment rate in the world for people between the ages of 15 to 24.
The report, which estimates that more than 50 percent of young South Africans between 15 and 24 are unemployed, found that only Greece and Spain have higher unemployment in this age range than South Africa.
"At the same time the rising cost of higher education has left a generation with unpayable debt and little chance of finding a job," it states.


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