Press Releases

January 2019

Youth Development Agency embarks on Back-to-School and Right-to-Learn Campaign in KwaZulu-Natal, 5 to 17 Jan

Youth Development Agency embarks on Back-to-School and Right-to-Learn Campaign in KwaZulu-Natal, 5 to 17 Jan

5 Jan 2019

NYDA Board embarks on Back-to-School and Right-to-Learn Campaign, Kwa-Zulu Natal

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Board will today, 05 January 2019 embark on the Back-to-School and Right-to-Learn Campaign in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Executive Chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni and Executive Deputy Chairperson, Bavelile Hlongwa will kick-start the campaign at Kwa-Dukuza.

The campaign aims at ensuring access to education, dealing decisively with challenges confronting first-year students at TVET Colleges and Universities, painting of schools and providing basic necessities to learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. NYDA Board members will also attend the campaign.

Details of the campaign are as follows:

Executive Deputy Chairperson, Bavelile Hlongwa leads Mobilisation and Activation
Date: 5 January 2019
Venue: Kwa-Dukuza (Ndwedwe Central and Maphumulo Central- meeting point at Epitsini)
Time: 10h00

Executive Chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni attends National Youth Service Programme (NYSP) Volunteer Community Service
Date: Sunday, 6 January 2019
Venue: Kwa-Dukuza (Vulamehlo Hospice And Renew Life Community Church)
Time: 10h00

Executive Chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni and NYDA Board Member, Ms Zandile Majozi lead Back to School Campaign and Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the uPhongolo Local Municipality
Date: Monday, 7 January 2019
Venue: uPhongolo Local Municipality
Time: 09h00

Executive Deputy Chairperson, Bavelile Hlongwa and NYDA Board Member, Ms Joy Maimela and Mr Kenny Morolong partake at a Right to Learn Campaign
Date: Monday, 7 January 2019  
Venue: UKZN Westville and Howard College
Time: 10h00

Executive Deputy Chairperson, Bavelile Hlongwa and NYDA Board Member, Ms Zandile Majozi visits child headed households and hosts Outreach Programme focusing on Agriculture and Industrialization at Richards Bay
Date: Wednesday, 9 January 2019
Venue: Ethekwini (Ward 101)
Time: 08h00

Executive Chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni and NYDA Board Member, Ms Joy Maimela attend the Right to Learn Campaign at Umfolozi College
Date: Thursday, 10 January 2019
Venue: Umfolozi College, Richardsbay
Time: 09h00

Executive Deputy Chairperson, Bavelile Hlongwa hosts Right to Learn Campaign
Date: Thursday, 10 January 2019
Venue: Umzimkhulu TVET College, Harry Gwala
Time: 10h00

Executive Chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni hosts Youth in Business Breakfast Session
Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
Venue: Garden Court Hotel, Durban
Time: 09h00

NYDA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Waseem Carrim and NYDA Board Member, Mr Kenny Morolong launches NYDA Information Centre and Visits Nelson Mandela Youth Centre at Chatsworth
Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
Venue: Chatsworth
Time: 10h00

Executive Deputy Chairperson, Bavelile Hlongwa hosts Right to Learn Campaign
Date: Monday, 14 January 2019
Venue: Richardsbay
Time: 10h00

Executive Deputy Chairperson, Bavelile Hlongwa hosts Outreach Programme
Date: Thursday, 17 January 2019
Venue: UMzinyathi
Time: 08h00

RSVP and enquiries on further details should be send to Sibusiso Mtungwa at Sibusiso.Mtungwa@nyda.gov.za or 073 274 0501 or Hlengiwe Hadebe at Hlengiwe.Hadebe@nyda.gov.za or 073 706 3078.

Media enquiries:
Lerato Gambu
Cell: 064 860 0716
Email: Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za 

Youth Development Agency launches NYDA Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu voter registration and education campaign

Youth Development Agency launches NYDA Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu voter registration and education campaign

21 Jan 2019

Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr Sifiso Mtsweni has today, 21 January 2019, officially launched the NYDA Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Voter Registration and Education Campaign (VREC).

The launch began at the Entokozweni High School; and proceeded with a walk-about alongside Executive Mayor of Thembisile Hani Local Municipality, Cllr Nomsa Mtsweni; and a visit to the C.N Mahlangu TVET College. The focus of the campaign was to encourage eligible young people to register ahead of the final registration weekend of the 26 and 27 January 2019 as pronounced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

Addressing the official launch held at Kwaggafontein Community Hall, Mr Mtsweni said, “This year is the year of the Youth. A year of great determination towards ensuring that the agenda of youth is realised. This year the NYDA, will upscale the National Youth Service Programme (NYSP) reaching a million young people.

“The NYDA Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Voter Registration and Education is another way South Africa’s youth can safeguard her democracy and preserve values of Tata Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu”

“Our volunteers are available across the country. Young people must take advantage of final registration weekend, go out in their numbers to register and vote; for democracy cannot die under our watch,” said Mtsweni

Media enquiries:
Lerato Gambu
Cell: 064 860 0716

Youth Agency continues voter registration and education drive in the Western Cape, 23 Jan

Youth Agency continues voter registration and education drive in the Western Cape, 23 Jan

22 Jan 2019

Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr Sifiso Mtsweni continues the week-long Voter Registration and Education Campaign (VREC) on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 at the Western Cape Province.

The NYDA VREC supports broader efforts by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to encourage and educate young people about the right to vote.

Through volunteers of the National Youth Services Programme (NYSP), young people are encouraged to take advantage of the final registration weekend happening on the 26 and 27 January 2019 and take part in the upcoming national general elections.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the
events, scheduled as follows:

Session one: Voter Registration and Registration Campaign at Cape Winelands, Drankenstein Municipality
07:00 – 08:00  Mbekweni Location, Paarl
09:00 – 10:00  Mbekweni Shopping Centre, Paarl
10:15 – Visit to Desmond Tutu High School, Paarl

Session two: Voter Registration and Education at Overberg, Theewaterskloof Municipality
14h00 – Xola Naledi Informal Settlements
15h00 – Siteview at Veza
16h00 – Grabouw Taxi Rank

Members of the media interesting to cover the event can RSVP by contacting Sibusiso Mtungwa on 065 811 4567 or Sibusiso.Mtungwa@nyda.gov.za

For Media Enquiries:
Mr Lerato Gambu
Cell: 064 860 0716
Email: Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za

NYDA hosts voter registration and education campaign drive in Thembalethu, George, 24 Jan

NYDA hosts voter registration and education campaign drive in Thembalethu, George, 24 Jan

23 Jan 2019

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will on Thursday, 24 January 2019, host Voter Registration and Education Campaign (VREC) drive at Thembalethu, George in the Western Cape Province.

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni will lead activities aimed at ensuring that young people take full advantage of the upcoming final voter registration weekend on 26 and 27 January 2019.

Details of the event are as follows:

Session One:
06h00 – 07h30 Blitz at Thembalethu intersection.
10h00- 11h00 - Voter Contact at George Taxi Rank (CBD).
12h00 - Executive Chairperson Meets School Principals at IMizamo Yethu Secondary School.

Session Two:
12h00- 14h00 Voter Registration and Education Workshop with IEC at Thembalethu Community Hall. 
14h30 Executive Chairperson addresses National Youth Service Programme (NYSP) Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu VREC Volunteers at Thembalethu Community Hall.

Members of the media should RSVP by contacting Sibusiso Mtungwa on 065 811 4567 or Sibusiso.Mtungwa@nyda.gov.za

For Media Enquiries:
Mr Lerato Gambu
Cell: 064 860 0716
Email: Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za

National Youth Development Agency concludes successful voter registration and education campaign

National Youth Development Agency concludes successful voter registration and education campaign

25 Jan 2019

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has concluded a successful Voter Registration and Education Campaign (VREC) held across South Africa.

The campaign hosted in partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) aimed at ensuring that young people take advantage of the final voter registration weekend on 26 and 27 January 2019 from 8am until 5pm.

Through the National Youth Service Programme (NYSP), we visited schools across the country, conducted voter education workshops and various activities within communities. Recruited and trained volunteers accompanied members of the NYDA board during this week-long campaign.

According to the Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni “Our future demands young people to step up and play a meaningful role in building and protecting our democracy”

“However, at the centre of youth participation in democracy is the agenda towards full youth socio-economic emancipation”
The NYDA will continue its partnership and support for the IEC’s “X Se” campaign and participate during the special registrations targeting institutions of higher learning.

“We are confident that our efforts to reach as many young people, especially between the ages of 18 and 19 years old , which will be voting for the first time and those between 20 and 29 years will translate into a success” added Mtsweni 

Media enquiries:
Lerato Gambu
Cell: 064 860 0716
E-mail: Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za

February 2019

National Youth Development Agency calls for speedy resolution on universities shutdown

National Youth Development Agency calls for speedy resolution on universities shutdown

11 Feb 2019

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has noted the total shut down across universities in South Africa. Ongoing student’s mass action carry a potential to impact negatively on the academic year.

Nevertheless, we stand by the students for their demands remain genuine and reasonable. The continued attacks on students by private security personnel undermine the foundations of basic human rights and the right to protest.

According to Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni “Students must unite during this period and engage in meaningful responsible action without any damage to property. They must also take extra effort to advance their academic progress.”

It is disheartening that students must every year engage in a protest action for their demands to be realised. We are hopeful that the Ministry of Higher Education will provide the necessary solutions as envisaged.

However, there is no excuse for failure to implement free education. Critically, the issue of student accommodation leaves much to be desired with dilapidated buildings and students having to struggle. 

”We call on all stakeholders to place the lack of housing and state of student accommodation at the top of their agenda and bring a speedy resolution; it cannot be business as usual if the agenda for a free quality public higher education system as declared by our government is continually postponed,” said Mtsweni

Media enquiries:
Lerato Gambu
Cell: 064 860 0716

National Youth Development Agency promotes youth voter registration in Mpumalanga, 14 Feb

National Youth Development Agency promotes youth voter registration in Mpumalanga, 14 Feb

13 Feb 2019

Youth Agency continues voter registration drive at TVET College

Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr. Sifiso Mtsweni will on Thursday, 14 February 2019, deliver a keynote address at the youth voter registration campaign taking place at Mapulaneng Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, Mpumalanga

The NYDA National Youth Service Programme (NYSP) is at the centre of encouraging volunteerism, active citizenship, nation-building, and patriotism amongst young people. Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) voter registration continues at various local offices and higher education institutions across South Africa.

Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend the event as follows:

Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Time: 10h00
Venue: Mapulaneng TVET, Mpumalanga Province

Enquiries:
Lerato Gambu
Cell: 064 860 0716
Email: Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za

March 2019

National Youth Development Agency welcomes decision to settle NSFAS students’ historic debts

National Youth Development Agency welcomes decision to settle NSFAS students’ historic debts
25 Mar 2019

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor to allocate nearly a billion rands for scrapping historical debts for National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funded students.

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni has applauded Minister Pandor and says that “The decision is in line with meeting the demands of students across institutions of higher learning who have been raising this issue for many years, as historic debt served as the basis for exclusion of students from poor and working-class background”.

We commend the bold decisive action by the Ministry that will see over 52 414 NSFAS funded continuing student complete their studies within projected record time.

“We are confident that this decision will enable access and success since students will be able to continue with their studies and change their lives for the better” added Mtsweni

Media enquiries:
Lerato Gambu
Cell: 064 860 0716

April 2019

Minister Nathi Mthethwa briefs media on 40th commemoration of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, 3 Apr

Minister Nathi Mthethwa briefs media on 40th commemoration of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, 3 Apr
1 Apr 2019

Minister Mthethwa briefs media on 40th commemoration of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu

Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa alongside Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr Sifiso Mtsweni and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Heritage Council (NHC), Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa will on Wednesday, 03 April 2019 brief media on the 40th commemoration of late Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu.

The briefing aims to highlight and celebrate the legacy of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu as a key player in the liberation heritage of South Africa and give feedback on the success of the NYDA Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund. 

Media is invited to the briefing arranged at the family home of late Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Time: 10h00 am
Venue: 2445 Jwaga Street, Section H, Mamelodi West, Pretoria

Members of the media should RSVP by Tuesday, 02 April 2019 before 17h00 to Sibusiso Mtungwa at Sibusiso.Mtungwa@nyda.gov.za or 073 274 0501 or Linda Shilakwe at l.shilakwe@nhc.org.za or 082 657 7064.

Media enquiries:
Asanda Magaqa - Arts and Culture Spokesperson
Cell: 072 372 6807

Lerato Gambu - NYDA Spokesperson
Cell: 064 860 0716

Danny Goulkan - NHC Communications Manager
Cell: 072 952 2260

Youth Development Agency hosts build-up activities to 40th Commemoration of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, 5 Apr

Youth Development Agency hosts build-up activities to 40th Commemoration of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, 5 Apr

4 Apr 2019

National Youth Development Agency build-up activities to the 40th commemoration of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in partnership with the National Heritage Council (NHC), Department of Arts and Culture, and the Department of Correctional Services will on Friday, 05 April 2019, host build-up activities to the 40th Commemoration of the late Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu.

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr. Sifiso Mtsweni and Chief Executive of NHC, Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa, will lead build up activities as follows:

08h30: Visit to the Gallows at Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Services with 50 graduates of the Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund
10h00: Tour of Freedom Park with beneficiaries of the Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund
13h00: Visit to Umthunzini Primary and Mamelodi Secondary School
14h30: Visit to the Gravesite of the late Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu
15h30: Visit Mahlangu Home in Mamelodi
18h00 for 18h30: Gala Dinner to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund (SKMSF), at Freedom Park in Pretoria

Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend the activities.

Media enquiries:
Lerato Gambu
Cell: 064 860 0716
E-mail: Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za

National Youth Development Agency launches nationwide Career Expo Programme, 13 Apr

National Youth Development Agency launches nationwide Career Expo Programme, 13 Apr

11 Apr 2019

Thousands of learners are expected to attend the official launch of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) nationwide career expo programme on Saturday, 13 April 2019 in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.

The NYDA career expo programme seeks to provide a platform for learners to shape their skills set and make smart career choices as the world moves towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr. Sifiso Mtsweni will address the learners.

Details of the event are as follows:
Date: Saturday, 13 April 2019
Time: 8h00 – 16h00
Venue: Bhongolethu Stadium, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

Members of the media interested in attending the event should RSVP on or by Friday, 12 April 2019 before 17h00:
Sibusiso Mtungwa:

Cell: 065 811 4567

E-mail: Sibusiso.Mtungwa@nyda.gov.za

Media enquiries:
Lerato Gambu
Cell: 064 860 0716
E-mail: Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za


May 2019

NYDA launches Youth Month 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY 

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS

31 MAY 2019

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY LAUNCHES YOUTH MONTH 2019


Twenty-five (25) years of democracy and freedom presents South Africa’s youth an opportunity to celebrate the role played by young people during the struggle for liberation. 

Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr Sifiso Mtsweni will on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 officially launch Youth Month at Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum in Soweto, Johannesburg.

This year, Youth Month 2019 will be commemorated under the theme “25 Years of Democracy: A celebration of youth activism”.


Details of to the launch are as follows:

Date: 04 June 2019
Time: 11:00
Venue: Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum, Soweto
NB: Registration for media starts at 10h00am

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the event by sending RSVP to media@nyda.gov.za, contact 060 978 6000 by Monday, 03 June 2019 before 17h00.


For Media Enquiries:
Mr Lerato Gambu
064 860 0716
Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za
Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) applauds President Cyril Ramaphosa on the appointment of cabinet

MEDIA STATEMENT

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS

31 MAY 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPLAUDS PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA ON APPOINTMENT OF CABINET

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) applauds His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa on the appointment of cabinet for the 6th administration.

The agency expresses confidence in the men and women appointed at various portfolios. Importantly, we welcome the appointment of the NYDA Executive Deputy Chairperson, Ms Bavelile Hlongwa as the Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy. Her appointment is a vote of confidence on the NYDA and the work done by the 3rd Board of Directors.

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni has applauded President Ramaphosa and said that “The appointment of younger Ministers and Deputy Ministers is a sign of a responsive government to the call made by the agency to have youth at the helm of decision-making structures”.

“To us the Ministry of Employment and Labour will give necessary impetus to the fight against high rates of unemployment, in particular when it comes to the youth, unemployed graduates and in general. We are hopeful that the Ministry will take to task both the public and private sectors on job creation, retention and the employment of a youthful workforce”.

“We welcome and support the President’s inclusion and vivid expression of youth as part of the Ministry of Women, Youth and People with Disabilities. It is our view that this will enable better management of youth development affairs across society” added Mtsweni

 

Media Enquiries

Lerato Gambu

064 860 0716

 

Media Desk

060 978 6000

media@nyda.gov.za 

Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

June 2019

NYDA calls on all the youth of South Africa across all sectors to join in service of their communities

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO ALL NEWS MEDIA/EDITORS

June 12, 2019


NYDA CALLS ON ALL THE YOUTH OF SOUTH AFRICA ACROSS ALL SECTORS TO JOIN IN SERVICE OF THEIR COMMUNITIES.


Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr. Sifiso Mtsweni alongside Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Honorable Mr Nathi Mthethwa and Premier of Limpopo, Honorable Mr Stan Mathabatha will on Friday, 14 June 2019 launch the National Youth Service Day at Ntshitshane Village, Mankweng, Limpopo Province.


The National Youth Day as declared by the NYDA is implemented through its National Youth Service Programme (NYSP). The objectives of the day are to promote nation building, patriotism and social cohesion. Young people are urged to participate on this important day of action schedule to take place across eight provinces.


Details of the official launch as follows:

Date: Friday, 14 June 2019

Time: 12h00

Venue: 30250, Ntshitshane Village, Mankweng, Limpopo


Members of the media interested in attending the event should RSVP to media@nyda.gov.za or call 060 978 6000 by Thursday, 13 June 2019 before 12h00.


For Media Enquiries:

Ms. Bongekile Skosana

Email: Media@nyda.gov.za

Cell: 060 978 6000

 

Mr. Lerato Gambu

Cell: 064 860 0716

Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za

Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

Youth Agency sends condolences to families of young people killed in a road accident

MEDIA STATEMENT

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS

17 JUNE 2019

YOUTH AGENCY SENDS CONDOLENCES TO FAMILIES OF YOUNG PEOPLE KILLED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) sends condolences to families of young people killed in an road accident following Youth Day commemorations held at the Polokwane Cricket Club , Limpopo Province.

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni says that “The passing of these young people adds devastation and frustration to families which had high hopes about the future of their children.”

“The increasing accidents in our roads calls for partnerships between various stakeholders, responsible driving on the part of motorists and adherence to road rules and regulations.”

“On behalf of the youth of South Africa we send heartfelt condolences to the families and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. We will in due course visit the families of the departed” said Mtsweni

Media Enquiries

Bongekile Skosana 

060 978 6000


Lerato Gambu 

NYDA Spokesperson 

0648600716

Issues by the National Youth Development Agency

President Ramaphosa engages young people at Presidential Youth Dialogue

MEDIA STATEMENT

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS

19 JUNE 2019

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ENGAGES YOUNG PEOPLE AT PRESIDENTIAL YOUTH DIALOGUE

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 engage young people at the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Presidential Youth Dialogue taking place at 120 Plein Street, Imbizo Media Centre, Ground Floor, Cape Town.

According to Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni “The Inaugural Presidential Youth Dialogue will provide a platform for young people to engage first hand with His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of his first State of the Nation Address taking place on 20th of June 2019 since the national general elections.

“Young people will have an opportunity to provide practical solutions to challenges confronting them including a high rate of unemployment. The dialogue will give practical steps to what the President termed the struggle of a new generation during his address on Youth Day that is “struggle for economic freedom, for access to land and also education”.

Approximately 200 participants, representing youth across various sectors and formations will convene under the theme “25 years of democracy - celebrating youth activism”. Expected panellists include Khaya Sithole, Anisa Mazimpaka (winner of One Day Leader Season 7).

The NYDA Presidential Youth Dialogue will start at 16:00 pm.

Media Enquiries
Bongekile Skosana 
060 978 6000

Lerato Gambu
NYDA Spokesperson 
064 860 0716
Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

President Cyril Ramaphosa to address National Youth Day event in Polokwane

TO: ALL MEDIA

ATTENTION: NEWS EDITORS/NEWS AGENCIES

DATE: 13 JUNE 2019            

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TO ADDRESS THE NATIONAL YOUTH DAY EVENT IN POLOKWANE – 16 JUNE 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa will, on Sunday 16 June 2019, deliver the keynote address at the National Youth Day event to be held at the Peter Mokaba Cricket Club in Polokwane, Limpopo Province.

The month of June has been declared Youth Month and it is a period set aside to pay tribute to the youth of 1976 for their activism. 

It is also a time to reflect on the progress made and address the challenges identified in order to drive the youth development agenda in South Africa.

This year’s Youth Month coincides with the commemoration of 25 years of Freedom and Democracy and it takes place under the theme “25 Years of Democracy: A Celebration of Youth Activism”. 

The theme seeks to encourage young people to join the ranks of active and responsible citizens by participating in democratic processes.

President Ramaphosa will commence the day by engaging with the youth in a Youth Development and Career Expo at a venue within the Polokwane Cricket Club. 

The day will culminate with the President delivering a keynote address to the nation at the National Youth Day event at the Peter Mokaba Cricket Club.

During this month of youth, government and its agencies such as the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will host a number of engagements, including youth expos, dialogues and youth entrepreneur hubs to showcase opportunities available to young people. A list of Youth Day build-up events can be accessed on https://bit.ly/2WPUeGJ

National Youth Day details

Venue: Peter Mokaba Cricket Club, Polokwane, Limpopo Province

Time: 09h00


Collection of media passes for accredited media: 

Date: 14 and 15 June 2019 

Time: 09h00 – 17h00

Date: 16 June 2019

Time: 07h00 – 10h00

Venue: Polokwane New Council Chambers, Polokwane Central


For collections, please contact: Garnet Maswanganyi at 078 650 3545

NB: Media Accreditation is closed.  

Media Enquiries: Khusela Diko: Spokesperson to the President – 072 854 5707 

ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA