“THE FOUNDATION TO SUCCESS OF ANY SOCIETY IS BUILT ON PROGRESSIVE YOUTH”
SAMKELE THABANI MASEKO
The 15th Annual African Renaissance conference got off to a rousing start when hundreds of young South Africans attended the Youth Conference at the Southern Sun Hotel in Durban.
A large delegation of young and aspiring entrepreneurs’ attended the IgniteSA.com and African Renaissance Youth conference. Delegates were spoilt for choice as a number of young prominent businessmen and women were brought to inspire the youth to exploit the opportunities that have been placed before them to grow in business.
Vuyisa Qabaka, the CEO of Abaphumeleli Business Consultants (ABC), a firm based in Cape Town, told delegates that the foundation to the success of any society is built on a progressive youth.
“My view of young people in this country is that we need young people to be more active, we need more young people to be doing stuff, learning more things to be encouraged, not only to be socially active but personally responsible to their future and to embrace and own the opportunity to be a difference amongst the future” said Qabaka.
The Minister of Correctional Services and Chairman of the African Renaissance Board, Dr Sbusiso Ndebele stated that the biggest challenge facing the youth of today is that they are the generation that will inherit our land after all of us who belonged to it yesterday.
“We the older generation always wake up with one question that is worrying us all, how prepared are the youth of today to emulate a youthful John Dube?” said Ndebele.
He further stated that South Africa is a democracy today because of the radicalism of the youth of the 1940’s, which include Nelson Mandela, Duma Nokwe, Tata Sisulu, and Anton Lembede, the founding President of the ANCYL.
Professor Sihawu Ngubane, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the African Renaissance said, “It is very inspiring to see that there are many young South Africans who are exposed to such gatherings.”
Miss Lynette Ntuli, the Chairman of IgniteSA.com and CEO of Innate Investment Solutions stated that the building of a country and nation is a long term process. She also raised the undesirable socio-economic conditions the youth currently find themselves under.
“Young, wild and free, that’s what we are supposed to be but reality is we are so far removed from that definition as the youth due to poverty, unemployment and lack of education,” says Ntuli.
“Read the National Development Plan not because it is a long document, as your mandate to lead the fortunes of this country.”
The Conference was wrapped up by the “Rock boy of Public Speaking”, Vusi Thembekwayo, who encouraged the youth to dream bring and work hard to achieve their gaols. He received a rousing standing ovation from the audience in latter parts of his speech.