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EThekwini continues to empower youth
ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede has given her commitment that eThekwini Municipality would continue to prioritise the development of youth following a successful Youth Month Rally held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium recently.

Speaking at an Executive Committee meeting on 19 June Mayor Gumede thanked all those involved including youth, parents, councillors, organisers and officials for staging a successful event. “We are also grateful to our speakers from the maritime industry as well as our keynote speaker MEC of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala for his words of wisdom.

We also pledge to continue with activities that are aimed at empowering young people from an early child development age because we are a caring City.” Mayor Gumede said the development of young people is not an event but a process undertaken through empowerment programmes. She applauded the work done to empower young people by the Youth Development Office which falls under the Mayoral Parlour in this regard, saying youth constitutes 60 percent of the eThekwini population. “It is important for us to walk alongside young people so they can see first-hand what we are doing for them.

We also need to capacitate the younger generation to ensure that they will be part of team Durban and know practically how the City is run.” Mayor Gumede said creative solutions to problems in the City, especially socials ills plaguing the youth, were needed. “As leaders in the City we need to do something about the growing number of whoonga boys in the inner city. Too effectively fight crime in the City does not mean we have to arrest them but instead come up with creative solutions to help them,” said Mayor Gumede. “If we do it as a collective, working together as councillors, officials and business, we will get positive results,” she added.

charmel.payet@durban.gov.za 
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