OUR TIME TO RISE IS NOW
By:Mandisa Mpanza & Samkele Maseko
Hundreds of youth delegates attended the 3rd annul Youth in Action (YIA) conference at the Coastland Hotel n Wednesday.
Executive Director of YIA, Miss Lucy Magasela said, “We are the leaders of today and tomorrow. We should not look down upon on our views as young people because no matter how small we are but our views are mighty.”
She further stated that the nation needed a youth that is going to be resourceful.
“Take charge if you see someone in need because if you look away you will see others who are just as needy as that one whom you left stranded,” added Magasela.
Youth In Action was founded upon directorates which include Education & Skills Development, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development and Sport & Social Cohesion, whilst also being formed on the basis of Art & the African Agenda.
“We have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) with our programme called Drag a Child,” Magasela said.
“We spot top achievers at school and take them to varsity; we do everything that the student requires for their tuition and student needs.”
The Secretary General of YIA, Malusi Zondi, said their purpose was to talk less but do massive work as the youth of this country.
“We need a program of action to work towards. It is our time to rise, that time is today because to be a young person is just temporary. We are breaking the chain of poverty for ourselves because the key to success is information, take it as wealth,” said Zondi.
The delegates went into detail in deliberating the role that South Africa plays in BRICS, and what this organisation has to offer young entrepreneurs.
“South Africans have become very greedy especially the black nation, in order to make rather than creating black pride,” said Businessman and Chattered Accountant, Thabani Zulu.
“We have also become too dependent on the Government to employ us rather than creating employment for ourselves through other mediums.”
Business facilitator and motivational speaker, YaaAshontewoqK Archer-Ngidi, was however disappointed with the turnout at the conference, as compared to that in other countries.
“The youth in other countries, when they gathered, they were 5000 and not just 200 or 300. South African youth need to get together in numbers and move away from being materialistic but get involved in business,” she said.
“During the BRICS Summit there were a number of young people involved as volunteers, so when we host such events young people are involved.”