ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
16 July 2019
 
Executive Committee Decisions
 
CITY TO HOST YOUTH INDABA
 
In order to empower the youth by sharing entrepreneurial skills and including them in agri-transformation, the City will be hosting a youth
indaba.
 
This follows the tabling of a report at an Executive Committee meeting held on 16 July.
 
The report states that the indaba will be held under the theme “Bringing government youth initiatives closer to the youth” with young people from across the City invited to attend. The event is being hosted by the City’s Youth Office in an effort to address social ills and the high rate of unemployment among young people.
 
In keeping with the theme, the indaba will provide youth with a platform for information sharing, skills training as well as the life skills necessary to promote moral regeneration.
 
The report acknowledges that youth are the most affected by the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment, all which will be addressed at the youth indaba.
 
EThekwini Acting Mayor Fawzia Peer welcomed the initiative saying youth from all regions must attend the event.
“We hope to curb unemployment by promoting an entrepreneurial spirit in the youth as well as including them in agri-transformation. There is much for them to learn and the indaba will provide the platform to hold discussions and engage with Municipal and provincial government on these issues, said Acting Mayor Peer.
 
Chairperson of the Governance and Human Resources Committee Councillor Barbara Fortein said it was important to look at the strategic objectives the indaba aimed to achieve.
 
“There is an outcry regarding unemployment among the youth, which is a specific reason this programme is being held,” she said.
 
The confirmed date of the indaba will be communicated to stakeholders.
 
CITY TO HONOUR MADIBA LEGACY ON MANDELA DAY
 
A number of social upliftment programmes are planned in honour of Mandela Day on 18 July by the City. A report outlining the projects was tabled at an Executive Committee meeting on 16 July.
 
The report states that the theme of the City’s Mandela Day activities is “Action against poverty” with programmes designed to respond to this call.
 
The public is encouraged to spend 67 minutes on the former president’s birthday on 18 July doing good and lending a helping hand to those less fortunate. The report notes that as a caring City, the day has become an important part of the annual calendar.
 
The City’s main programme will kick-start with a visit to Enaleni High School in uMlazi where officials will participate in a school clean-up as well as the refurbishment of the principal’s office before handing over fencing material to the school as well as sanitary towels.
 
Following this, a fun day will be held at uMlazi Mega City for 10 orphanages and old age homes where health screenings, games and motivational talks will be held.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications Mandla Nsele.