DCSR Celebrates Youth Month Celebrations

April 20, 2015 at 14:09 p.m

The Mpumalanga Provincial Government closed the 39th anniversary of Youth Day celebration in Volksrust Showgrounds in Dr Pixley Isaka Ka Seme Municipality on Saturday, 27 June.
Celebrated under the theme: Youth Moving South Africa Forward, the event was marked to honour the undying spirit of the youth and the role the youth played in the attainment of freedom in South Africa.
The provincial government used the event to celebrate and honour young people in the province who are making a difference in their communities. Honourable Vusi Shongwe delivered the keynote address on behalf of Premier DD Mabuza and urged the youth to grab opportunities
The Department of Culture, Sports and Recreation along with and various provincial government departments and National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). The Youth of Volksrust and surrounding areas came out in droves to commemorate this special day as the Mpumalanga provincial Government and its stakeholders presented a family with a fully furnished house to keep the winter chills at bay. Scholars from Volksrust and surrounding areas were presented with new uniform and sports equipment, wheelchairs were donated to those living with disabilities. Other donations include food vouchers and sanitary towels.
Acting Premier Vusi Shongwe speaking on behalf of Premier DD Mabuza called upon all the youth of the province to work with government in fighting poverty, unemployment and inequality. Shongwe stated that the government is ready and prepared to assist the youth of the province to reach their dreams.
The government is forming partnerships with the private sector to provide skills that are required by industries. In the next five years government will spend billions of rands training young people in coded welding, boiler making and piping. This training has already started and there are more than one thousand five hundred young people who will be commencing with their training at Hydra Arc in Secunda.
Government is working with NYDA to financially assist young people to start their own businesses and provide them with business skills. The provincial government provides bursaries to hundreds of young people worth millions of Rands every year. The DD Mabuza Foundation is also playing a key role by providing bursaries to students who are not supported by government or private sectors.
Shongwe said government alone cannot deal with all the challenges facing the country, he urged the youth to participate in all programmes set by the government or private sector that will move South Africa forward.