26 January 2016

For immediate release

Durban Youth Innovation Challenge Launched

To equip the youth with tools that will help them respond to social and business challenges, eThekwini Municipality’s Innovate Durban Programme and partners, recently launched the Youth Innovation Challenge at Elangeni Hotel.

Renowned experts, from a range of fields in technology and business sector, illustrated ways to unleash innovation to address these challenges using modern methods.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala said that the City is honoured to have partnered with prominent companies to share their experiences and successes with our youth. This integration of such companies is critical and will assist in a dynamic approach to finding solutions in economic challenges.

“It is in such platforms where young people can learn and be empowered to become successful entrepreneurs. Innovation and entrepreneurship forms a primary pillar in ensuring radical economic transformation.” said Shabalala. 

Geraldine Reymenants of Government of Flanders said that innovation triggers social inclusion and that it is a tool to promote a culture of innovation among people in our communities.

“This magnificent method plays imperative role in business sector in transforming informal to formal enterprise development,” she said 

Khohliwe Makhohliso of Oracle stated that we are living in times of growth and development. She said, Oracle is one company that is committed to developing initiatives to solve problems using modern technology.

“We have decided to partner with eThekwini Municipality because our aim is to expand these services to rural communities so that they are able to make contribution in transforming the economy of the City and respond to new developments,” she said

Registration is now open for young people to participate in the Youth Innovation Challenge. They will be given the opportunity to engage with technology experts to gain insight on how to use modern technology to address challenges.

The participants will be given a task where they will be expected to come up with a solution to challenges faced by the City using variety of skills and technology. With this the City is intending to create a culture of innovation among the youth for them to take a lead in growing the City’s economy.

Registration can be accessed on Enquiries can be sent to


Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa. 

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