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City prioritises youth empowerment
​Former African Union Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
together with eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and other
members of the City leadership launched the Youth Month
Programme at uShaka Marine World on 10 June. The City has
a number of programmes, running throughout the month,
to empower youth.

​ETHEKWINI Municipality has implemented a number of interventions aimed at empowering the youth and giving them support so that they can make a meaningful contribution to the mainstream economy.

This was revealed during a successful Youth Month Programme launch which was held at uShaka Marine World on 10 June and attended by over 500 young people from across the City. Former African Union Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma together with eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and other City leadership members officially launched the programme.

Speaking at the event, Dr Dlamini-Zuma told the young delegates that everyone is born with a talent, but the difference is what you do with that talent. She said the economy must grow to increase the wealth of its people. “Young people and women must be part of the economy. If they are not part of it, we will not reach our full potential as a country or continent.” She urged the youth to work hard. “Let us make our City safe and pleasant for residents and tourists.

Let us make Durban the cleanest City not only in South Africa, but the world. I believe we can do it,” she said to rapturous applause and a standing ovation. Mayor Gumede said the youth of 1976 took it upon themselves to fight against the oppressive apartheid regime. “That generation continues to be an inspiration to youth today in the fight for financial freedom.” She said the City was implementing the Radical Economic Transformation Framework at the Supply Chain Management level to ensure opportunities are shared with youth, women, and the disabled and military veterans.

Mayor Gumede said the City would never forget to take care of its youth. “My office has started developing a youth strategy for the City which will be linked to the provincial and national strategy. We want to ensure that eThekwini programmes and resources are available to all young people.”

Acting Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Planning Phillip Sithole outlined developments taking place in the City, the investment being made and how many jobs will be created as a result. City Manager Sipho Nzuza spoke on opportunities for young people in the ocean economy.

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