South Africa: With their great numbers and willpower the youth could change SA

By Sello Ivan Phahle

I wrote this article to conscientise the youth about the kingmaker status they have in the upcoming national elections.

Young people represent a potentially powerful political force in South Africa. If they all used their voices in unity, they could make a dramatic difference in the country by overthrowing the ruling party in South Africa, the ever so disappointing, arrogant and corrupt African National Congress. Youth voting statistics support this phenomenon greatly as people under the age of 29 years constitute to almost 22% – translated to roughly around nine million people – of the voting community.

With these great numbers and enough willpower they could whirl around the faces of politicians and political parties to address their burning issues and concerns; being high unemployment, inadequate access to quality and affordable education and poor infrastructure.

But unfortunately, this is only just an idea and not a reality because the youth prefer to stay on the sidelines of all politics and to aggravate the situation, politicians ignore them anyway. The main reason for this act of ignorance is that politicians tend to focus their attention on their mainstream of voters, the older generation.

This situation is not unique to South Africa, it is a global phenomenon. The number of young voters who participate in democratic elections is steadily decreasing. Most analysts identify the cause of this as the disinterest of millennials in politics altogether. But on the contrary research and opinions from the youth itself suggests otherwise.

The youth are very much well aware of the political dynamics in the country and are actively participating in political discussions.

Research by the Institute for Security Studies reveals that the youth feel isolated from formal politics, have little or no trust at all in politicians and have had negative experiences with the government from which they required services from.

Most young people are highly critical of political leaders who fail to interact with them on a meaningful and relevant level. They complain that their cries, grievances and frustrations more often than not fall on deaf ears. Available evidence suggests that just because they do not belong to any political party does not mean they are clueless about politics.

The youth actually do understand that voting is of the essence as it is a democratic privilege. They have clear views on the challenges and are more than willing to engage and act. They do not see how the system will work in their favour or how political parties will attend to their immediate challenges. Unemployment and lack of access to free quality education are pressing issues.

There seems to be an attempt by the government to silence the youth. They do not want young people to function, hence the denial of free quality education and the ever increasing unemployment rate.

But the media is also to be blamed for this, simply because the media is critical to the social agenda of any country.

When you look at the way in which young people (especially black) are portrayed in movies, telenovela, radio, magazines and newspapers, it is in a very negative way as if to say the country would be better off without these people.

The ISS research published in March also revealed that the youth are bothered by the corruption infested in our political parties, the leaders and the system as a whole. It has become apparent to the youth that political representatives such as ward councillors all the way to the number one office is corrupt and defends kleptocracy.

Over the years this behaviour seems to be rewarded by getting better position and greater political power. This behaviour never stands still. It is always getting worse or better.

When the ANC were not punished by voters for the former President Thabo Mbeki’s HIV denialism as well as the missing billions for an “Alexandra renewal”, that automatically created a context for Nkandla: Jacob Zuma to loot the state and outsource his executive office to the Guptas as well as Cyril Ramaphosa receiving Bosasa money.

When you do nothing about misbehaviour, then you are actually supporting and promoting its repeating itself – another important reason why they youth ought to vote.

Despite all the issues raised above, the question still remains. Should young people participate in the upcoming national elections and can they have a meaningful effect on the political landscape as a result of their mark on the ballot paper?

As mentioned before, the youth vote does matter, so much so that the collective “youth vote” could actually sway the election. No radical change will occur if the youth continues to take a back seat.

The youth ought to stand up for themselves and find ways for the political system to hear them out and make a change. It’s very clear that no one is going to vote and fight for the interests and concerns of young people except for young people.

For many young people, adulthood brings many new challenges, like university, marriage, buying a house, paying for your own health insurance, and/or starting a business, all of which could radically change your perspective on political issues.

While you can’t predict who or where you’ll be in four years, you can be sure that the political officials elected into office and the policies they implement will affect your life in the coming months and years.

Through voting the youth can put themselves in power regardless of whichever party leads the country. In today’s tech-savvy world, there is no excuse not to vote because you do not know enough about the parties.

In fact, one might find it harder to escape the day-to-day political news than subscribe to it. In an era in which Twitter is a preferred means of communication for many political leaders has become as crucial as their party’s websites for disseminating information about relevant issues.

The current online climate allows young voters to form a fuller picture of the candidates and their platforms in a medium they are familiar with. The act of voting can push parties in the right and desired direction of the youth and most importantly consistently so.

They will energise the political system and steer their countries into a new and fresh direction. A direction that will uplift and benefit all generations and generations to come. The youth vote has the potential to be extremely influential.

Increasing youth voter turnout is very much crucial in getting the millennial generation to grasp on and never let go of the electoral process. In this manner they will grow up to be well informed and responsible citizens and most importantly the culture of voting shall not die out. Instead it shall continue to grow and make our country purposeful.

Sello Ivan Phahle is managing director of SIP Media

Source City Press

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South Africa: PSL Confirm Changes To Kick-Off Times, While 6 Serve Suspension

By Soccer Laduma

The Premier Soccer League has confirmed changes to the kick-off times due to the change in season.

With just six games left to play in the current 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaign, the league has since changed afternoon kick-off times from 15h30, to 15h00.

However, the PSL confirmed that this would apply to all fixtures across the PSL, including the National First Division and cup competitions, such as the Nedbank Cup which is currently underway.

“This is in line with PSL’s standard practice of adjusting afternoon kick-off times in winter and in summer.”

“The 15h30 kick-off time will now move to 15h00. This will apply to all Absa Premiership, National First Division and Cup Competitions,” as stated in a press release.

In addition, heading into this weekend’s Absa Premiership clashes, there are currently six players serving a suspension.

Thembinkosi Lorch from Orlando Pirates, Black Leopards’ Khomotso Masia and Khuliso Mudua, Chippa United’s Tercious Malepe and Rusaigh Gamildien and AmaZulu’s Phumlani Gumede will all miss this weekend’s league action.

Source Soccer Laduma

South Africa to create more than 2000 jobs for youths through the Vaal River rehabilitation initiative

The South African government is set to create more than 2000 jobs for the youths through the rehabilitation of all wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Vaal Triangle.

This comes after the government on Friday announced that it has set aside R341 million for the initiative.

Initiated last year, the project is part of the Vaal River Rehabilitation Project which was established after raw sewage flowed into the river from pump stations in the Emfuleni Municipality on the northern bank of the river, posing environmental and health risks.

It comes after the signing of the implementation protocol last month by his department, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department in Gauteng, Emfuleni Local Municipality, South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) and the East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT).

Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti recently told media that the project will see 250 youth and community members being trained on plumbing, carpentry, brick-laying, paving and agriculture.

“The SANDF will also train 2000 youth and community members to guard 44 pump stations until the completion of the project, which is projected for March 2020,” Nkwinti said.

“In terms of the Implementation Protocol, my department appointed ERWAT, which is an entity of the Ekurhuleni Metro, as the implementing agent. As a wastewater specialist company, ERWAT will ensure that all wastewater treatment infrastructure is resuscitated to an operational state and that pollution in the Vaal River is stopped.”

The Minister also informed the community that Module 6 of the Sebokeng Wastewater Treatment Works, a regional bulk sanitation infrastructure, is under construction and projected to be completed by the end of May 2019.

A total of 120 000 households in the southern part of Gauteng will benefit from module 6 of the project while module 7 is expected to start by July 2019.

Nkwinti went on to also announce the establishment of the Vaal Catchment Management Agency in a bid to protect water resources in the area.

He said the work of the agency will include river monitoring, reporting on pollution incidents and dealing with polluters while also raising awareness on protection of the water resources and environment.

“The Vaal River Catchment Management Agency will ensure that water is protected, used, developed, conserved, managed and controlled in a sustainable and equitable manner,”, the minister said.

Source African Daily Voice

Nigeria: UNODC to engage youths on crime prevention through sports

As the World celebrates the International Day of Sports, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), has said that plans were on to engage Nigerian youths on crime prevention through sports programmes.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the UN General Assembly declared April 6 every year as the Imternational Day of sports for Development and Peace.

Mr Sylvester Atere, UNODC’s Outreach and Communications Officer in a statement made available to NAN on Saturday in Abuja, said there was hardly any place on earth where the power of sports football in particular was more present than in Nigeria.

He said this was best summed up by Gianni Infantino, President of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) when he visited Lagos in February 2018.

Atere Quoting Infantino said: “I was told that in Nigeria, football is passion but it is a lie because it is more than that. In Nigeria, I was told that football is love, but it is a lie it is more than that.

“In Nigeria, I was told that football is a religion, but it is a lie. It is more than that. In Nigeria, football is life.”

Atere said that it was on that note the UNODC launched its Youth Crime Prevention through Sports Initiative within the framework of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration.

He said that under the slogan “Line Up Live Up” (LULU) the initiative has designed a programme for youth, living in neighbourhoods severely affected by crime, drugs and violence, aimed to engage them through sports.

Atere explained that the initiative also seeks to help youths build their resilience and leadership in standing up for themselves and others against these societal ills.

He explained that the potential of sports to promote peace and the rule of law appears unlimited, thus rolling out the LULU programme to Nigeria.

“In a 10-week programme, sports coaches, teachers and others working with youth in sports settings build valuable life skills, such as resisting social pressures.

“The programme will include among others like coping with anxiety and communicating effectively with peers, through a set of interactive and fun exercises.

“The programme has been successfully tested in several countries, including South Africa and in Brazil.

Source PMN

South Africa: SA Youths Equipped for Industry 4.0

By Akani Chauke

AFRICA is in a positive position to seize the opportunities presented by the fourth industrial revolution thanks to a broad youth base.

These prospects have received a boost following the graduation of 165 students at an academy operated by a leading technology company east of Johannesburg.

The students from the Midrand Samsung Engineering Academy have graduated at the Ekhuruleni West College in Boksburg, joining the mission for Africa to be amongst the leaders of this next phase in the continent’s growth.

Nithia Pillay, Samsung Africa Director (Customer Service), said these graduates were part of Samsung’s on-going vision to develop skilled electronics technicians and engineers by bridging the current skills gap.

“Engineering academies across Africa have already seen thousands of students graduate with hands-on, practical skills at no cost, enabling them to move into jobs after they graduate,” Pillay added.

Sung Yoon, Chief Executive Officer and President of Samsung Africa, Ntombizodwa Dangazele Academy Acting Principal and representatives from the Department of Higher Education and Training, Department of Basic Education and parents attended the graduation.

Additionally, programmes such as the Engineering Academy have increased opportunities for women to enter into trades that were traditionally reserved for men.

Source cajnewsafrica

South Africa: May 8 elections: 40% of Indian youth will not vote

By JANINE MOODLEY

AS the May 8 election draws closer, research has found a high level of discontent among youth despite a solid belief in the duty to vote.

Dr Ben Roberts, of the Human Sciences Research Council, said 72% of Indian South African youth believed their votes would not make a difference. Of this, 40% indicated they would not vote.

The research, conducted via the council’s Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Programme, looked at young people of voting age, and their attitudes and intentions towards voting.

It found two prevailing representations of South Africa’s youth have continued to predominate.

“The first portrays young South Africans as politically engaged drivers of change, drawing on the experiences of the recent #FeesMustFall movement as well as reflections of the youth activism of the 1980s.

“In contrast, the second tends to depict the post-apartheid generation as politically disillusioned and disengaged from conventional politics, as part of a broader narrative concerning democratic recession and crisis.”

The overall mood, said Roberts, was quite negative with a high level of discontent.

He said the levels of satisfaction with democracy and trust in political institutions, and national and local government were surprising commonalities with young and older voters.

“People are dissatisfied across the board and there is a steady decline in confidence.”

He said the driving force behind the youth not voting was non-registration and the lack of ID books.

“But the underlying reason is disillusionment. It’s a case of, I want to punish parties by not voting. The youth have become quite critical citizens, threatening parties to either shape up or we will disengage.”

He said one difference between the youth and older voters was loyalty. “If the party did not meet their expectations, they would swing vote.”

Political analyst Sanusha Naidu said: “The youth vote is going to evolve and we need to look at what shapes the mind of young people.”

She believed race, class, inequality and an overall generational divide would play a factor.

“They are not homogeneous. Their vote is underpinned by a generational divide, where youth are no longer held victim to the historical narrative. They are very clear on what their needs are.

“Their struggle is the here and now and material circumstances they find themselves in.”

Naidu said many young people would look at the “material struggle” of their parents, who have not reaped the benefits post-apartheid.

“There is a very specific dynamic in South Africa where the youth are saying: ‘We are not benefiting, we have been marginalised and stuck with poverty and will demand what we deem is rightfully ours’.”

Source IOL