YOUNG PEOPLE TO EDUCATE AND UPGRADE THEMSELVES
By: Samkele Maseko
Many young people from around Durban and Pietermaritzburg converged to the African Renaissance Youth Conference held at the Elangeni Hotel on Tuesday.
“The reality as young enabled young people we are not the target of government, so if you wait it’s going to be a long wait. We are doing way better than the 85% of other SA youth who are not in any kind of formal education thus depending on government,” said Lynette Ntuli.
“Today learn, stretch yourself, network and share your ideas,” she said.
“Show us what the world might be missing out on, let us get educated as a means to upgrade ourselves and the nation,” said Ntuli.
The African Union and the African Renaissance Trust has come together to create this platform to encourage young people, business and civic society to discuss and debate African socio-economic issues, she said.
The chairperson of the African Renaissance, Professor Sihawukele Ngubane said the youth are the young lions.
“We need to take advantage of networking with key role players because that will bring about your various ideas to bare reality through hard work and networking with people,” he said.
Vuyiswa Qabaka of the Abaphumelele Business Consultants said that we live in a very healthy democracy. “People live in very difficult circumstances in some parts of the world.”
“We South Africans are very fortunate and blessed. I have traveled a lot over the past year and have been to countries where such opportunities that we have are not there,” said Qabaka.
“Success is the target, failure is not an option,” he said.
“Passionate people are valued in the world and in particular South Africans,” he said.
Former Natal Sharks player Cedric Mkhize, who was paralyzed in a car accident a couple of years ago, said that the youth should never give up on their dreams and should pursue with their dreams no matter what obstacles they face.