The Annual Youth Council Resolved for Free Education Until Undergraduate Degree.
From L-R: Senzo Mkhize, Skhumbuzo Mabaso, Buyi Buthelezi, Busi Khanyile,
Lihle Xulu, Philasande Dlamini and Wiwi Gumede.
Youth drawn from thirty different wards that makeup uMhlathuze Municipality gathered at the Council Chambers recently to discuss and deliberate on issues facing city's youth, true to the theme of the Summit which was the: 'Year of the Freedom Charter', contained in their packs was a copy of the Freedom Charter. The two-day summit reached important resolutions that will impact on the youth. Skhumbuzo Mabaso, the Chairperson of the Youth Council and his executive comrades conducted the entire summit with diligence and robustness associated with the age group. “Educational exclusions, with mere 22 students sent by the Municipality to the university are not enough, next year I would like to report on at least 100 students” the young lion roared.
Issues of economic transform and development as well as education and skills development were at the forefront of the deliberations. As such, government departments and private agencies such as Mamba Youth Development, Business Partners, Vuma Youth Academy, Social Development, Department of Agriculture and Richards Bay Technical Training and Assessment Centre to name but a few, presented their core-offerings to the youth.
The youth noted that the Supply Chain Management is not youth friendly and doesn't assist the up and coming youth businesses and the it was resolved that: the SCM Policy must be amended such that it provides for the 30% set-aside for youth run businesses. Another r esolution was the scrapping of surety clause and the reduction of 30 days waiting period of invoices must be paid in 14 days. The Summit further resolved that the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) must have offices in all Districts. The Municipality should also hold Annual SMME Indaba and the Youth Council should form strategic partnership with relevant stakeholders like the Lottery Fund and Government Departments.
On the issue of education and skills development, the Youth Council resolved that in the subsequent year (2016) the Municipality should provide at least 100 students with registration fees. The Municipality was also asked to lobby for free education until the attainment of the first Bachelor's Degree. Responding to the state of security in public schools, the Council resolved that well-trained security guards should be on guard at all times. The Expanded Public Works Programmes was deem failing to develop skills amongst the youth and a resolution was taken that the Youth Council should address the issue with the Municipality to ensure that skills transfer and development are emphasized.
Over and above the resolutions on education and economic development, special resolutions were also made with regards to the ignorance of the youth when it comes to the Freedom Charter, as such, the Municipality should as a matter of urgency organize and hold Freedom Charter Summit. Also as a matter of urgency, t he Municipality should employ the Youth Manager and a Youth Coordinator and have a fully-fledged Youth Unit.