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Local Government celebrates the role played by the Youth




Posted: 07June 2019

As South Africa commemorates Youth month, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) joins the nation to celebrate the role played by young people during the struggle for liberation.

The twenty-five (25) years of democracy and freedom presents South Africa’s youth an opportunity to reflect also look back to the 43 years since that fateful June 16 of 1976. We see it befitting as local government to say THANK YOU for the fearlessness and courage of the Youth of 1976. That year, amongst others, highlighted a turning point in our history.

In the process of addressing unemployment, poverty, homelessness, illiteracy and other social challenges in the country, the Youth is the future and are important role players in decision-making on service delivery in municipal spaces.

As we celebrate Youth Day on 16 June, we must be reminded that Nelson Mandela believed in charitable work through the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. SALGA recommits itself, together with other spheres of government, to engage with youth agencies and participate in the implementation of youth policies.

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals places an emphasis on quality education, Goal number 4. SALGA will continue to seek partnership with the UN on youth participation through the Youth Delegation Programme and the Youth Assembly.

The Integrated Youth Development Strategy (IYDS), which is the implementation plan of the NYP 2020, has been developed with the aim of putting in place concrete programmes to confront the challenges faced by young people.  Youth development cannot happen as a stand-alone but as integral to all development programmes in the Country and for this reason, the adopted route is that the NYP 2020 must be implemented through the IYDS by all spheres of government. 

In contributing to the NYP 2020 and the IYDS, SALGA seeks to coordinate youth-focused programme in municipalities through the establishment of Youth Development Forums (YDF) as a mechanism for the institutionalisation of youth work within municipalities and the Local Government Sector. 

The programme for Youth Month entails a number of activities aimed at highlighting the work of the Local Government sector in providing opportunities for the youth, educating young people about their history and heritage, communicating opportunities brought by the democratic government, while having conversations with the youth on their role towards social cohesion and nation-building.


We salute the Youth of 1976 and the Youth of today!
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