South African pilgrims says “love is all you need in World Youth Day in Panama”


By Francesca Merlo


Young South African pilgrims say they are struck by the generosity shown them by the people of Panama, to the point they are now truly inspired to change the world.


“They showed us humbling love”, says young Nicole from Johannesburg, who is here in Panama for World Youth Day.

She is referring to her life-changing experience in the Days in the Diocese, in which she went from her hometown “where there is so much” to “a town where they have nothing”. They have nothing, she says, “yet they gave it all to us”.

The most beautiful face of Jesus
Marco, who is travelling with her, describes this as “the most beautiful face of Jesus you’ll ever see”. It is the time he spent with this “young and most unjaded society”, he says, that is making this such a once in a lifetime experience. So what is he going to take back home with him? Marco doesn’t hesitate: “I’m going to go back and change the world”, he says.

Why? “Because that’s what’s necessary”.

Inspiration to change
Change is clearly on a lot of people’s minds. And it’s mostly inspired by the kind of love that they have been experiencing here at WYD.

Marco may be returning in hope of changing the world, but Nicole is going back with every intention of changing herself: “I really am,” she insists.

Varadzo is the third member of the group.

She has every intention of taking back “some of the love received here”. Because according to all three of the young pilgrims, along with joy, faith, peace and humility “all you need is love”!

And to them, Panama has it all.


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South Africa: IEC reaches out to youth ahead of final voter registration weekend

The Electoral Commission of South Africa hopes to add 1 million more voters to the roll this weekend.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) today said it was ready for the final voter registration weekend taking place on Saturday and Sunday, and hoped at least one million additional voters would be added to the roll.

Addressing media in Centurion, Glenn Mashinini, the IEC chairperson, said preparations were being made for the country’s 22 925 voting stations to open from 8am until 5pm over the weekend. This would allow new voters to register and also allow existing voters to update and confirm their addresses and registration details.

“The electoral commission is ready to conduct voter registration at all our voting stations throughout the country. We wish to reinforce our clarion call to every South African, particular the young people, that this coming weekend provides us with the final opportunity for us to be able to participate in the upcoming elections. This is the last window for every South African to come forward,” said Mashinini.

“We particularly wish to appeal to the young people. As much as we have been successful in that over 70 percent of eligible voters in South Africa are registered, we have demographic information that tells us that we have almost 10 million South Africans who are eligible to vote but are not registered. Almost two thirds of those people are our young people between the ages of 18 and 30.”

Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said voting stations would be staffed by an average of three registration officials to assist voters.

“The electoral commission is hopeful that voters who are registered will use the opportunity to visit their voting stations to check their registration and specifically to confirm and update their address details. Registered voters can also do this online via the ‘click, check and confirm’ facility on the electoral commission’s website at http://www.elections.org.za,” said Mamabolo.

Voters should take their barcoded ID book, smart card ID or temporary ID certificates when they go to register. Home affairs offices would also be open countrywide to coincide with registration, meaning eligible voters would be able to collect their ID documents or to obtain a temporary ID certificate in order to register.

Registration for South Africans living abroad will take place at South African foreign missions between February 1 and 4.


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South Africa: Youth rolls out anti-tyre burning campaign


By Kailin Daniels


THE youth organisation, UNLASA (United Nations Leadership Academy of South Africa), is embarking on a peaceful picket protest on Saturday, January 26, to create awareness around the destructiveness of tyre-burning in the city.

The campaign, spearheaded by UNLASA’s CEO, Henry Jacobs, has been launched to empower communities and educating the youth on the destructive nature that destroys infrastructure.

“The tendency is that when people, specifically in the northern areas, are unhappy about anything, they burn tyres,” Jacobs said.

“This is not solving a problem; it’s aggravating it. It is destroying the very infrastructure we need to survive,” he added.

The anti-tyre burning protest will start from 09:00 until 12:00 this Saturday. Learners from various schools, mainly in the northern areas, will occupy intersections on Stanford Road and congregate for a series of speeches by youth leaders, opposite Cleary Park shopping centre.

Jacobs said, “The project is run by the youth for the youth. Learners will stand with placards and posters along Stanford Road and at the intersections.” According to Jacobs, infrastructure will be spared, parents will be able to go to work, schools will function as per normal and everyone will benefit.

One of the youth members, Munier Ahmed, said that the campaign would ensure that the youth had a future.

“It is our campaign. We are the future and we need to do something to ensure that we have a future. UNLASA is the platform for the youth by the youth. Each student represents a school.

“We provide all the tools to get the message out there. Stop burning and start learning. People should protest for change and not destruction,” Ahmed said.

The youth will be holding placards, slogans, banners and cars will be asked to ‘hoot’ if they agree.

Jacobs added, “Learners from various schools will wear their school uniforms and will be supported by partner organisations, community members, NGOs and government organisations.

“We ask the community to join us in making a difference.”


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South Africa: Chiefs’ MDC coach calls for youth coaches forum


By Tshepo Ntsoelengoe


The young Amakhosi team coach has helped build the Chiefs reserves, which is competing in the Multi-Choice Diski Challenge and won the inaugural Diski Shield last year.

In order to develop youngsters to their best abilities and growth of football in the country, Kaizer Chiefs reserve team coach Arthur Zwane is proposing a coaches forum that will help all coaches to share ideas and help build development in South Africa.

The young Amakhosi team coach has helped build the Chiefs reserves, which is competing in the Multi-Choice Diski Challenge and won the inaugural Diski Shield last year.

“The minute we start developing players properly the better it will be for the nation. But unfortunately, we don’t see things the same way and we don’t all have the same resources. But if we can sit down and have some kind of a forum for coaches where we just sit down and talk about football,” said Zwane.

“In that manner, we will get to see if we think alike and get to help one another to help build development in the country. It’s not about coaches, it’s about the nation, South Africa.”

Zwane’s Chiefs side is one of the exciting teams to watch in the MDC playing some entertaining football.

Despite their dominance, they have dropped a lot of points this season and Zwane believes this could have been a campaign they would have easily be leading the standings comfortably.

They are currently on seventh place on the log with 18 points after 12 games.

“The dominance you see from us is not something that has started yesterday, we have been working on this for the past five years,” he added.

“Not that I’m disrespecting other teams, but this season was easy for us. We could have easily been on 21 points at the moment.”


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South Africa: The youth can swing the election


By Waseem Carrim


Yes, We Can was the signature Barack Obama and Democrat Party campaign that in 2008 propelled the young Chicago Senator to the presidency of the US.

Analysts who reviewed the triumph pinpointed Obama’s unique ability to win the youth vote as critical to his election victories both in 2008 and 2012.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was perceived as one of the weakest leaders of the party in modern-day history.

Seemingly abandoned by many of his own party members in the leadership, the Labour Party was expected to overwhelmingly lose the 2017 snap election in the UK, called mainly by the Tories to strengthen their electoral hand and to deliver a clean Brexit informed by the referendum.

Fast forward and the Tories lost their electoral and parliamentary majority mainly due to the surge in support for the Labour Party and once again in the analysis the pinpoint was the youth vote.

In both cases, analysts further reflected that it was an ability to consolidate the youth vote – that is capitalise on those young people who vote rather than target youth as an entire sector.

The ability of the youth vote to have a major influence in an election should never be underestimated. This is especially true in South Africa where we have a majority youth population.

Data published by the Electoral Commission of South Africa indicates that only 16% of 18-19-year olds are registered to vote on the voters roll, which has declined from 34% in 2016.

Further key data indicates that 71% of young people who registered to vote in 2016 cast their ballots, which supports the argument that targeting the youth vote is key and that the ability to consolidate this vote can swing an election.

Getting young people to believe in the democratic process and curbing voter apathy can be challenging. More and more I see not only citizens but also commentators reflect on success stories such as China and Rwanda to indicate that democracy may not be all its painted out to be and that democracy in some cases impedes development.

I would argue that the sample of autocracies which succeed is relatively low in comparison to those that fail and that our democracy remains a tool with which to drive success – under certain conditions.

Part of our challenge is encouraging young people to turn out in their numbers and vote to exercise their democratic right. And then what? It must be about more than that.

Being part of a democracy means building an active citizenry.

Therefore, when we educate young people about voting, we equally need to educate them on being active citizens. Once you have voted, you have a role in building the South Africa that you want to live in, whether you are a politician or not.

Becoming involved in your community, joining an NGO, joining the transformation committee at work, coaching sport at your Alma Mater after school, holding your local councillor to account – these are all examples of being an active citizen.

Democracy also flourishes when the ordinary people who live in it make it a reality.

A vote is simply the start of building something extraordinary.

In a country that suffers the worst youth unemployment rate in the world, a youth vote in the upcoming election means more to young people than ever before.

It was young people who started the Arab Spring that brought down numerous governments across North Africa and the Middle East.

We would do well to recognise what an important role they will play in five months, when we go to the polls.

Carrim is the chief executive of the National Youth Development Agency.


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Youth entrepreneurship key to job creation in South Africa – Pandor


By Charles Molele


Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor says her department will support President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bold plan to create 257 000 job per annum by promoting entrepreneurship in the post-school sector.

According to Statistics SA, South Africa’s unemployment rate is high for both youth and adults; however, the unemployment rate among young people aged 15–34 was 38,2%. This means that more than one in every three young people in the labour force did not have a job in the first quarter of 2018

In an interview with Inside Education this week, Pandor pointed out that small business development was one of the critical solutions to job creation and has vowed to raise the matter with the president during the upcoming cabinet Lekgotla – a meeting of cabinet ministers, provincial Premiers, and directors-general, takes place annually to prepare for the State of the Nation Address in February.

The Banking Association of South Africa (BASA) shows has identified SMEs as productive drivers of inclusive economic growth and development in South Africa and around the world.

The association reports that some researchers have estimated that in South Africa, small and medium-sized enterprises make up 91% of formalised businesses and provide employment to about 60% of the labour force.

BASA also states that SMEs’ total economic output accounts for roughly 34% of GDP.

“While contributing significantly to the economy, SMEs foster diversification through their development of new and unsaturated sectors of the economy. In addition, innovative and technology-based small and medium enterprises can provide a platform for local, regional and international growth,” reads a BASA report on SMEs.

This is why the minister of higher education has focused some of her attention on bringing together new graduates with small businesses.

“We have a number of initiatives such as learnerships to support SMMEs and to create jobs among the youth. The setas investments and learnership should be a significant
contribution to job creation.

“But also, we are working and talking to not-for-profit organisations that are involved in skills development. You have organisations like Harambee for example. We are looking at what form of partnership they could have with us as government.

“At the moment they [Harambee] works largely with the private sector. They don’t work with are institutions necessarily. They receive some funding from the setas. But it is not an organised contractual partnership between my department and them.

“In order to reach the president’s objectives, I need organisations like Harambee to work so much closely with the colleges,” said Pandor.

She said more jobs for young people could be created in South Africa if the government implemented its commitment to direct 30% of its procurement spend to small businesses.

“We have very enterprising young people. I meet them all the time. If government can act on its decision that it will procure from small and medium entrepreneurs, we will
create lots of jobs for young people.

“If I have invented radio or computer or tablet and government decide every child at school will have a tablet and decide they will procure from small entrepreneurs, that entrepreneur is set for life and will employ many more young people,” said Pandor.

As a department, we will raise the matter with the president at the Lekgotla to say let us support entrepreneurs to create jobs because there are many innovative young people, said Pandor.

She added that the idea that says government needed to create the bulk of the jobs for the unemployed youth needs to shift.

“We must create entrepreneurs so that they can be the ones to create jobs. We sure can support innovative and inventive young people. The SETA investments and learnerships should make significant contribution [to job creation],” she said.

Pandor added that her department has established a number of partnerships or collaborations with the private sector to promote entrepreneurship among the youth. This was in response to the president’s call to grow the economy and create more jobs in the country.

Pandor told Inside Education her department already kick-started a pilot project that will see 36 colleges paired with businesses across South Africa to benefit about 845 undergraduates.

13 trades were targeted for this project, including: mechanical fitter, boilermaker, electrician, millwright, bricklayer, plumber, automotive mechanics, diesel mechanic, carpenter and joiner, welder, rigger, fitter and turner, and pipe fitter – all of which have been identified as key trades that meet the demand for the country’s skills.

“I’m especially excited about the [establishment] of centres of specialisation where students going to undertake the 13 programmes have apprenticeship contracts.

“For the first time, we have 845 young people coming into these 36 colleges with 13 trades and they already have a link with business. They know they will do their theory at college level and part of their studies will be in the business to which they are apprentices.

We’re starting it as a pilot [project] and should it succeed, I want it expanded,” said Pandor.

Pandor also spoke of the establishment of the Entrepreneurship Development Programme in Higher Education Programme with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The programme focuses on entrepreneurial students, entrepreneurship in academia which includes curricula and staff capability and entrepreneurial universities. The programme also aims to bring all partners, including TVET colleges, FET colleges and SETAs.

At a recent roundtable with business leaders, Pandor said these programmes were critical to ensure the employability of graduates.

“Universities South Africa has agreed to host the programme at their offices in Pretoria, Gauteng Province. Processes are currently underway to set up a permanent office that
will coordinate activities across the system.

“I am inspired by the success of young entrepreneurs and innovators. Especially those who have taken advantage of the booming tourism, the booming mobile industry, the growing market in renewable energy and the evolving market in cultural and creative industries. It is our local innovators and entrepreneurs who will ultimately create the millions of jobs that we need to grow an inclusive economy.”


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South Africa Economy needs to grow faster to create jobs for youth – Ddg Zikode


By Pulse Nigeria Staff


The South African economy must grow at a faster pace in order to create job opportunities especially for youth. This was said by the Deputy Director-General of Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the Department of Trade and Industry ( the dti ), Mr Sipho Zikode. He was delivering a keynote address at the inaugural Oil and Gas Sector Transformation Workshop held at the South African Bureau of Standard in Pretoria.

The workshop was organised by the dti with the aim of highlighting the opportunities and support measures available for new entrants to facilitate transformation and shared growth in the sector. It also sought to give new entrants and emerging entrepreneurs in the sector an opportunity to dialogue with regulators, policy developers and important industry stakeholders on issues of innovation, financial support, as well market and product access in the sector. More than 200 delegates attended the event.

“South Africa has one of the best policies in the world but where we are still lacking as a country with regard to implementation. The Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment and the National Industrial Policy are some of the polices that have been designed to govern and to grow the South African economy. These policies have been designed and benchmarked from other country but taking into account the dynamics of the South African economy and the legacy of policies on discrimination. As we implement these policies we need to learn and improve on implementation gaps, but we also need to strengthen partnerships between the public and private sector in order to achieve success, “added Zikode.

He encouraged entrepreneurs to make use of opportunities and support measures available for them that are offered by government. He also advised entrepreneurs to be willing to take risks but also to deliver quality products and services regardless of whether they are emerging or established.

Some of the issues highlighted during the discussions include:

  • A transformation fund targeted at new entrants and emerging entrepreneurs in the Oil and Gas sector,
  • Ensuring policy coherence and simplification of legislation,
  • A One-Stop Shop for support measures available for entrepreneurs in the Oil and Gas sector.
  • A clear blueprint for transformation and industrialisation of the sector.

Caption: The Deputy Director-General of Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the Department of Trade and Industry ( the dti ), Mr Sipho Zikode delivering the keynote address.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.


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South Africa: Luyolo Mphithi’s letter to the youth on Schweizer Reneke


DA Youth Leader says Solidarity has been peddling lies against him


Dear Young People,

When you elected me I knew that this journey would not always be easy or simple. I knew that much would be demanded from all of us. I knew that there would be times where people would applaud our positions and times where they would not. I knew that I would have to champion the issues of young people no matter how hard or lonely it would become. I have always believed that the true test of leadership is when you are not liked or celebrated by everyone. This is when you see your own strength and those around you. What matters at all times is that you remain firm in your principles and values because those cannot be shaken.

As the DA Youth Leader and the DA Youth at large we have on countless occasions stood up against racist vitriol. We did this when the EFF spewed racism against Indian people on the 19th of June 2018 where we reported them to the Human Rights Commission. We did the same on the 22nd of August 2018 when we condemned Adam Catzavelos for his racist comments against black people. As well as BLF’s racist comments against white people. On the 5th November 2018 we did it again when I took a stand to condemn the YES programme for excluding white unemployed youth. As an organisation we will continue to stand for non-racialism and that all citizens belong in South Africa. This is why I’m proud of the DA Youth and all it has done this far.

In this week there have been LIES peddled against me by Solidarity. Namely:

  1. That I released the teachers name
  2. That I got the teacher suspended
  3. and that I started the national outrage on the issue

I want to categorically state these claims are untrue and are being peddled by political opponents and people who have started to find the continued strengthening of the DA Youth as a threat. Here are the real facts behind this matter:

I reacted to a picture 4 hours after it went viral. I was hugely concerned by media reports of alleged racism at this particular school. Shortly thereafter I released a statement mandated by the party stating I would visit the school to seek answers which I did the following day and stated that the matter must be investigated and members of the community must remain calm.

To this end, both on social media and in my press statement I have made no mention of the teacher. I challenge Solidarity to come forward with the evidence in which I have made mention of the teacher and called her racist.

On the second matter, it is widely known that the MEC suspended the teacher. The idea that I influenced this remains untrue. Members of the community, stakeholders and myself all heard about the suspension the same day during the press conference of the MEC. Again, I challenge Solidarity to produce evidence of how I influenced the suspension of the teacher.

As a leader I am prepared to stand at the centre of this storm and as many throw insults my way I know that as young people in South Africa we do not want to inherit a country that is divided it is up to us to rise above the hate of the past and create a new future. That is a responsibility that I take seriously and thus will continue to fight for.

Early Saturday I received my first death threat. This tells me that the racist vitriol, threats, and false accusations show we have a long way to go. This is why I will seek legal remedial action for defamation caused to me by a number of people. Those who have peddled lies against me will ultimately face the full might of the law. The truth will absolve me even if I’m alone.

To all our young kids at the school I apologies to you all for such a traumatic couple of days. Please know that we believe in all of you and you are indeed our future.

Luyolo Mphithi
DA Youth Leader

#RISE #DAYOUTH #RISE

Issued through Facebook, 17 January 2019


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SA: DA youth leader sowed racial division in Schweizer-Reneke furore, Solidarity charges


By Tammy Petersen


DA federal youth leader, Luyolo Mphithi, should formally apologise to teacher Elana Barkhuizen and pupils whose “identities he exposed” in the apparent Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke race furore that got South Africans talking this week, trade union Solidarity demanded.

The trade union said Mphithi “sowed racial division by declaring that a photograph [showing black pupils sitting separately from their white classmates] a clear-cut case of racism” at the school.

In a letter written to DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Tuesday, Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann said Mphithi had tweeted a photo of the Grade R classroom – which later went viral – “which implied that the school segregated the children based on race, using nothing other than a photo of a single moment in the classroom”.

“Several other Twitter users posted another photo of the same classroom, but this time with children of different races mixing. Mr Mphithi did not share this photo on his Twitter account as a correction,” Hermann wrote.

Despite “serious doubts” arising, the party’s youth leader issued a statement demanding answers from the school for their “outdated attitudes toward integration”.

Hermann wrote that the statement welcomed Barkhuizen’s later suspension, but failed to indicate that she was not the class teacher and that she merely took the photograph.

“Despite the chaos observed at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke, due to protest action spurred on in part by the tweet form Mr Mphithi, the DA’s press release still warned South Africans of the populist rhetoric from other parties.

“Protesters threatened violence – yet the DA still deemed it necessary to mention Elana Barkhuizen in the press release by name. This action by the DA further endangered her, the kids in her classroom, and her own family.”

Hermann requested “clarity” on the DA’s position regarding instances of alleged racism.

“Is Mr Mphithi’s position – that facts do not matter where racism is concerned – indeed the DA’s position regarding instances of alleged racism? If this is the case, we request that this change in policy be communicated to stakeholders to clearly state that where instances of alleged racism is concerned, due process should not be followed. If racism is alleged, one can act recklessly without facts in identifying alleged racists and in defaming them.

“If this is not the DAs position, then we request formal sanctions be brought against Mr Mphithi.”

Mphithi countered that it was not true that Barkhuizen was suspended after he released her name and that this sparked the national outrage. He said the allegations against him were “peddled by political opponents who seem to be against transformation and are instead running a malicious targeted campaign to silence me”.

“I reacted to a picture four hours after it went viral. I was hugely concerned by media reports of alleged racism at this particular school. Shortly thereafter I released a statement stating I would visit the school to seek answers which I did the following day and stated that the matter must be investigated and members of the community must remain calm,” he said.

“To this end, both on social media and in my press statement, I have made no mention of the teacher. I challenge Solidarity to come forward with the evidence in which I have made mention of the teacher and called her racist.”

He said the idea that he had “enough power and influence to suspend a teacher, when I do not even serve in the provincial government of the North West, is laughable”.

“Members of the community, stakeholders and myself all heard about the suspension the same day during the press conference of the MEC. Again, I challenge Solidarity to produce evidence of how I influenced the suspension of the teacher and why they have attributed a statement released by another person to me. However, they fail to mention this person in their communication which proves that it is indeed politically motivated.”

Mphithi said the photo had been viral for four hours before he commented.

“However, as a leader, I am prepared to stand at the centre of this storm and as many throw insults my way, I know that as young people in South Africa, we do not want to inherit a country that is divided. It is up to us to raise above the hate of the past and create a new future.

“As a young man raised by a domestic worker, I will continuously see the need to continue to bring these conversations to the forefront to all South Africans. That is a responsibility that I take seriously and thus will continue to fight for. Thus, I will not let this issue go no matter what the cost.”

He would never tolerate racism, Mphithi insisted.

“I will rather be prosecuted, attacked and written off than to continue in a society that continues to perpetuate racial divisions of any kind.”

Mphithi said he and as the DA youth at large had “on countless occasions stood up against racist vitriol”.

“We did this when the EFF spewed racism against Indian people on June 19, 2018, where we reported them to the Human Rights Commission. We did the same on August 22, 2018 when we condemned #AdamCatzavelos for his racist comments against black people, as well as on November 5 when I took a stand to condemn the YES programme for excluding white unemployed youth,” he said.

“As an organisation, we will continue to stand for non-racialism and that all citizens belong in South Africa.”


Source News24


Africa News: Mmusi Maimane wants to make voting easier for South Africa’s youth


By Desere Davis


The African National Congress is launching its manifesto, and the Democratic Alliance is trying to make itself heard. Mmusi Maimane, DA leader, wants voter registration to be made easier for South Africa’s youth.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, feels completing voter registration should be made easier so that the youth of South Africa can take part in elections.

The DA visited townships on its Kasi-to-Kasi tour to hear the concerns of community leaders, as reported by EWN.

The tour is part of the party’s election campaign.

We must make sure that people are registered to vote. I think we must make it easier because one day, when the DA takes over when you walk out of school and get your ID, you register to vote because the right to vote is something that you exercise on a permanent basis.

Politicians know the youth are important for the future of South Africa, and President Ramaphosa called on the youth that they must register to vote, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.


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