YOUTH INDABA OFF TO A GREAT START
By: Venal Naidu
The third Annual Youth Indaba, hosted by the Democracy Development Program in partnership with Africa Unite, Greater Durban Young Man Christian Association (YMCA), Lindelani Youth Forum and Iziko, kicked off at the Diakonia Centre in Durban yesterday.
The event was set to bring social and systematic change towards youth.
Youth desk coordinator of the DDP and facilitator of the first session, Brian Bhengu, laid down the day’s proceedings and got the crowd going.
He highlighted the importance of conecting through the Indaba and expressed his happiness at being part of an event of such magnitude.
“This opportunity of the youth indaba is a very exciting one,” said Bhengu. “It’s one we need as young people to be able to engage with each other and I’m very excited to be an organiser and a facilitator.”
Tessa Dooms from the National Planning Commission explained the National Development Plan (NDP) in her presentation.
Dooms described the document as a ‘vision document’ not a ‘prescriptive and she placed a lot of emphasis on where development starts.
Dooms added that “Development starts with people not with things”.
The NDP is a 500-page document that South Africa visions to be in the year 2030.
Pradhil Koblall (26) who is a travel and tourism student at Damelin, believed that there can be many changes to the NDP to benefit the youth even more.
“There can be many changes such as a university for entrepreneurs for youth to empower themselves and to also uplift the economy,” said Koblall.
The highlight of day one was the Pitch Perfect battles hosted by Iziko. Three up and coming businesses pitched their ideas to judges who were accomplished entrepreneurs.
The crowd sat in a circular formation around the hall with the entrepreneurs explaining their ideas in the middle of the circle. The winner received one month’s access to Smart Mart.
Day two sees another interesting day with a talk on radical economic transformation and a Y-Art Performance planned.
Caption: The third annual Youth Indaba taking place at the Diakonia Centre.