youth empowerment

What Can Be Expected From Young Voters in South Africa's 2014 Elections?

South Africa’s youth is often seen as a ‘lost generation’; one with no causes or political purpose, an apathetic generation. Some, however, have opted out of democratic processes such as elections due to the disinterest of the ruling elite in responding to their interests. Promises of a bright future are weighed against the lived realities of high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

New loveLife Trust: Nurse - KwaNobuhle

The New loveLife Trust is a non-governmental organisation that campaigns with nationwide community level outreach and supports programmes that promote healthy, HIV-free living among South African teens. loveLife has reached unprecedented scale in implementing cutting-edge comprehensive and combined social behaviour change programming face-to-face with adolescents.

The New loveLife Trust seeks to appoint a Nurse, based in KwaNobuhle Youth Centre in the Eastern Cape.

Ibrahim Criticises Africa's Ageing Leaders

Sudanese-born billionaire, Mo Ibrahim, has castigated Africa's ageing leaders for crowding out young blood.

The philanthropist, who also founded the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, argues that the average age of leaders on the African continent is around 60 years, yet half of the population was under the age of 19.

Speaking at a lecture in honour of Nelson Mandela, the businessman drew comparisons between African and American leaders, where President Barack Obama became president at the 47 whereas former President, Bill Clinton, became president when he was 46.

Another Youth Day Finds African Youth in Dire Poverty

The International Youth Day is celebrated on 12 August each year to recognise efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.

Globally, the situation of young people today is characterised by extreme disparities in terms of economic, technological, social and cultural resources, which vary enormously across regions, countries, localities and population groups.

New Kids In the Block: HEI Café

Youth-driven and inspired ‘Hillbrow Entrepreneurship Initiative’ (HEI) has decided to walk the talk, and are taking their own spat in the innovative entrepreneurial space they advocate.
The nonprofit organisation, which is focused on encouraging and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st Century African socio-economic climate, has taken the plunge itself and opened the ‘HEI Partnership Café (HPC).

NYDA Pledges R10m to Youth Co-ops

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) says it will set aside R10 million for youth-owned co-operatives during July 2013.
NYDA chairperson, Yershen Pillay, points out that the agency will use International Youth Co-operative Month to provide information about the initiative.
"We can do so much for poverty alleviation, job creation, and social integration if we focus on growing our co-operatives economy and encouraging [the youth] to establish co-operatives," he adds.

Limpopo-based NPO Develops Winning Formula for Youth Empowerment

Keep The Dream196 (KTD196), a not-for-profit life skills project located near Tzaneen, Limpopo, is becoming known for its positive and lasting impact on orphans and vulnerable children.

Since its inception in 2007, the organisation has been assisting local children and the youth to overcome the difficult life obstacles they face on a daily basis, through building resilience physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. The goal is to help them realise their full potential and contribute to the building of South Africa.

Motsepe Donates R12m to Community

Mining magnate and billionaire Patrice Motsepe has donated R12 million to help rid Cape Town of poverty and unemployment.

Motsepe reportedly said he is giving R6 million each to Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to establish forums in the Motsepe family name.

"The forums will be established by you [the community] and will be the vehicle to assist our young entrepreneurs, cooperatives, youth, religious organisations and, most importantly, our children through education," he explains.

Has the Door Opened for South Africa’s Youth?

The first Freedom Day, in 1994, marked a departure from 300 years of colonialism and official segregation in South Africa, and promised a future where the gulf between rich and poor would be no more. Today, this promise still exists but its star has faded somewhat. 19 years of democracy has yielded little change in the living conditions of millions of South Africans, and for many this star has all but disappeared.

ISS Denies Partnering With AYU

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has issued a warning about the African Youth Union (AYU), an organisation that claims to have partnered with it to host the ‘03rd Annual Summit’.

The ISS says that it is not involved with the AYU in any manner, which is distributing e-mail invitations to this effect.

It is urging people who encounter any correspondence from the AYU to notify Sarah Malefo on


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