- Cyril Ramaphosa is today participating in an interactive panel session with young people as part of the virtual Youth Day commemorations.
- The President said young people are instrumental in charting ways forward post Covid-19
- This year's Youth Day celebrations mark 44 years since the 1976 Soweto uprising
President Cyril Ramaphosa is today participating in an interactive panel session with young people as part of the virtual Youth Day commemorations.
This year’s Youth Month coincides with the 30th Anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela and takes place under the theme: “Youth Power: Growing South Africa Together in the Period of Covid-19."
This year also marks 44 years since the 1976 Soweto uprising against the apartheid regime's language policy.
The conversation with the President is driven by Nozipho Tshabalala and the panel includes Jabulile Gwala, Khanyisile Mlanzana, Ndumiso Hadebe, Michele and Morongwe Mokone.
Ramaphosa said he is excited about the opportunity to engage the youth on issues and looks forward to implementing some of the ideas into policy.
Ramaphosa added that he is throwing a challenge to young people to find new ways of running and managing the economy. He adds that technology will underpin everyday and usher in young digital society
The President wants young people to contribute to the new vision of the changing economy.
"Young people must be given the lift that will elevate them. There has to be life beyond Covid-19. We are looking forward to creativity, innovation and new ideas from young people, we want young people who going to speak out and step forward. This is the hour that has come to use."
Cyril commends the bravery of young people starting their own businesses and young people raising a question to government about how government can support them.
One of the panelists, Mokone said that the government needs to find better ways to support young people because she has been running her own business for four years but still struggles with financial resources.
One a question about the about the LGBTQI+ community, Ramaphosa said
"I want change agents, I want activists, progressive young people rooted in values. We should have tolerance for one another. The LGBTQI community needs to be embraced, young people need to lead the conversations against tendencies that hold the country back."
The President concluded that the Covid-19 pandemic presents new opportunities for South Africans to chart a new society going forward.
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