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NYDA engages the young people in Mamelodi, Pretoria.
On Friday the 30th of June 2017, the Deputy Minister in The Presidency; responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms. Thandi Mahambehlala and NYDA Executive Deputy Chairperson, Ms. Bavelile Hlongwa hosted a youth dialogue in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The dialogue was held under the theme “embracing our collective history enhances our prospects of social cohesion.” Underpinning the youth dialogue was the role Solomon Mahlangu played in the liberation struggle and his everlasting legacy for the democracy we continue to enjoy in South Africa.
The Executive Deputy Chairperson urged the current generation not to betray the vision and noble doctrine of “economic freedom in our lifetime” until its effective realisation; a dream that Solomon stood up for. Ms. Hlongwa also added that the NYDA in partnership with other government entities, the civil society and private sector is the strategic center of power for total emancipation of South Africa’s youth with a bias to young women and rural youth in general. The Agency shall strive to maximize its reach to all young South Africans across all political lines.
The month of July marks the birth of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu; he was born on the 10 July 1956. The programme was concluded through a live screening depicting the life and times of Solomon Mahlangu, a gallant leader who refused to retreat. We shall dare not fail him, lest we forget our past. Youth shall be at the center of economic transformation.
 “My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people I love them. They must continue to fight."- Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu