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The George Municipality and George Youth Café launched youth month Friday

Jun 15 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 518 | Comments: 0

The appointed Youth Month Organising Committee are from left Errol Japhta, Frankie Togba, Julian Klaassen, Simphiwe Schaap, Jonique Claassen, Veronique Harmse, Shawn Campher, Jonel Kerspuy, Sinovuyo Mdladlamba, Karen Lamberts

George Municipality Community Development Section and Youth Office launched Youth Month on Friday. A Youth Month Organising Committee was appointed to drive the whole process.

Mr Pieter Pepler, Manager in the Office of the Executive Mayor, spoke at the event on behalf of the Mayor. He said it is fitting that the theme for Youth Month 2016 is to take South Africa forward and added that they should take the Province forward.

Pepler said long gone is the time that parents and mentors decided for the youth and therefore limit their dreams and visions. “This however does not mean that we are leaving them to their own devices – we are to mentor them.

He said the programme that are launched is the result of intense deliberations and the projects cover a creative leadership programme, computer training and a youth talent competition, a Youth Summit on 17 June and even a driver’s license programme.

Cllr Marchell Kleynhans, Portfolio Councillor for Community Development, being 34 is still technically classified as a youth. He told his life story to the audience present of how he had to persist and follow his dreams, while naysayers said nothing would come of him because he is from humble beginnings. He told the youth they cannot blame their parents or a teacher or any other person if they do not succeed in life. “It is all up to you. I did not have money to study, but last year while working I enrolled for my LLB degree. I have been dreaming about becoming a lawyer since I was 12 years old and I will achieve it,” Kleynhans said.

Dr Willie Cilliers, Chairperson of the George Business Chamber said as the chamber they look at the crucial problem of unemployment. “We want to grow and skill our youth and have a partnership with Nafcoc and Belgium to train 300 entrepreneurs”, he said. He asked the youth to work hard to be successful and follow through with the programmes the Municipality and the Chamber offers them.

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