16 June 2020
I rise to express our appreciation to the Programme Director MEC Kwazi Mshengu.
We thank you for being managing the proceedings today
We wish to express our appreciation to all young people who are with us this evening as part of the panel and those who have been following today’s proceedings through other social media platforms. We thank you, heartily, for your interest in today’s activities.
Having listened and participated in the discussions today, I have a distinct sense of where will this province and South Africa be when it reaches its fifth decade as a free and democratic nation?
Primarily, this will be determined by what the youth do today and for the next five years. I must hasten to point out that the input from young people this afternoon gives us hope for a better future. There is a groundswell of optimism about a stronger KwaZulu-Natal economically and socially.
Programme Director – I wish to pause and thank the Premier of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal Sihle Zikalala for his leadership. In his speech today, he eloquently demonstrated government’s commitment towards youth empowerment.
We thank all Members of the Executive Council for their determination to ensure the empowerment of young people.
All MECs have demonstrated that each of the departments have programmes that are focusing directly on youth development. The programmes are aimed at developing critical capabilities that will enable the youth to participate productively in the development and transformation of this province as we move forward.
Critically, it is quite pleasing that each department also has internship, learnership, apprenticeship, and economic development programmes. I believe that this investment should be viewed within the context of “Skills Revolution.”
The skills revolution is our long-term plan aimed at ensuring that KZN becomes a “Skills Capital” of South Africa. We are determined to skill young people to become drivers of job creation in various sectors of our economy as projected through Provincial Growth and Development Plan.
We express our appreciation to the Director General Dr Mkhize, Heads of Departments, Senior Managers across all government departments, the youth directorate in the office of the Premier and all youth directorates for the co-ordination of today’s event.
As I conclude my Vote of Thanks, I wish to encourage young people to continue to debate policy choices available.
As custodians of the future of this province, you must guide this government about the manner in which we manage the economy; and how to ensure that the state resources are used to benefit the youth of today and future generations.
With those words, I thank you