eThekwini hosts first Youth Indaba
The first eThekwini Youth Indaba attracted over a thousand young people from Durban and surrounding areas to the Durban ICC.
Mndeni Mkhize, Youth Office Manager of the eThekwini Municipality, says that they get a lot of people coming to their offices seeking assistance and that is how the idea of the Youth Indaba came to existence.
“We are hoping that youth make use of this opportunity that they have been given today. We are also hoping that we work together since this is the first of its kind,” said Mkhize.
One of the attendees, Jiva Magwaza from KwaNdengezi says that he found out about the Indaba at the very last minute.
“I only found out at the very last minute and thought I shouldn’t let this opportunity pass me by because events such as these don’t usually happen in my area so you have to travel and come to Durban,” said Magwaza.
eThekwini acting mayor Fawzia Peer says that the municipality fully comprehends the power that young people have and what the minds of young people combined can produce.
“We are here to prepare young people to make meaningful contribution. We are committed to ensuring an ongoing interaction with young people,” said Peer.
As Mandela month concludes the acting mayor also touched on how Mandela believed in young people.
“He strongly advocated that young people had to be nurtured and guided as part of nation building,” she said.
The eThekwini Youth Indaba was designed for youth to meet with members of provincial departments and youth directorates from the municipality. In order for them to understand what the youth wants in terms of education and training, business opportunities and skills development.
Pictures: Mandisa Magubane