CAPE TOWN– As South Africa marks Youth Day on June 16, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela has stressed that advancing youth economic participation is everyone’s business, and not just the responsibility of the government.
He told a media briefing on youth development programmes as well as this year’s Youth Day commemoration here Thursday that the focus on advancing youth economic participation should cause decision-makers to reflect on the kinds of policies and measures required to optimally develop the nation’s youth.
Youth development goes beyond the scope of government. It requires co-operation between various government departments, non-government and private sector organizations, institutions of higher learning and research institutions, Manamela said.
It is through committing resources to youth development and empowerment that youth economic advancement can be realised, he added.
Therefore, as we tackle our challenges head on to address poverty, unemployment and inequality, we acknowledge the role played by the various organs of state in advancing the development of our youth. However, we acknowledge the need to focus on providing support to young people through strengthening youth-led networks and institutions that can amplify their voice and drive change, he added.
The national Youth Day commemorations, which will be addressed by President Jacob Zuma, will be held in Ventersdorp, in North West Province, on Friday.
Just over 40 per cent of the South African population comprises young people, and youth unemployment now stands at more than 27 per cent among this group, Manamela said.
Against this background, identifying how to maximise the potential of young men and women remains the government’s key priority, he said.
The government is forging partnerships with other sectors of the economy to implement the obligations cited in the National Youth Policy 2020, which include advancing youth economic participation and transformation.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK