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Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Stevens Mokgalapa adressing the Tswane youth summit in South Africa.







Pretoria April 6 2019
The speech of the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane,…

Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Stevens Mokgalapa adressing the Tswane youth summit in South Africa.




Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Stevens Mokgalapa adressing the Tswane youth summit in South Africa.
Pretoria April 6 2019
The speech of the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Stevens Mokgalapa
“This morning we hosted the Inaugural Tshwane Youth Summit. One of the promises I made when I took over office was that youth development is going to be a priority in the City.
I am familiar with the plight of being young and specifically being a young leader in the City. This is not to claim that I know the youth’s struggles but I can assure you that I understand their plight.
We are a young nation.
Therefore, the issue of youth development is non-negotiable. In fact, this is true for all leaders in the country.
According to the StatsSA 2016 mid-year population report, about 36.3 percent of the total population in South Africa is between the ages of 15-35 years.
In Tshwane, young people under the age of 35 add up to just over 1 million i.e. 33 percent of total population in the City.
Of great concern is that of these young people, 82.5% only have matric and less. As at Q1 of 2017, 41% of the youth were unemployed. Lastly, 32% of youth are not in employment, education or training.
It is with this reason that I have classified youth as a strategic sector for development. This probably has been said by many before me but you ask yourself what I mean by this.
Firstly, it is imperative that you understand that you are the future. The fact is that the success of our country lies with you. We as leaders have a responsibility to help you be the memorable one.
Secondly, you are residents of this City. Therefore, your presence here is not by accident.
The City is in the process of consulting communities and stakeholders on the IDP. You are a strategic stakeholder. Today the City will share with you what is planned for youth in the next year.
You will understand that by virtue of consulting, feedback is expected. You will be provided with an opportunity to share your views and inputs for consideration.
This summit is quite special to me as I recommit the City’s commitment towards youth.
You may be familiar with some programs that the City run for youth empowerment through Tshepo10000. This programme has been useful in supporting SMMEs. However, the City can do more, in fact we must do more.
Today I am launching #monyetla2021. I will separate the City’s economic empowerment programs through procurement from skills development and training.
My commitment is that there will be fairness in our Supply chain processes. However, you will appreciate that to compete you have to do your part- fairness comes with responsibility.
That being said, the City will continue to provide support in youth skills development and training in order to ensure the field is levelled.
I will creating a youth corner at our business support centers. As a start I will be giving each one a laptop that will exclusively be used by young people. I will make sure there is Wi-Fi as well. I believe this will go a long way in providing support. We further have three incubation centers six business support centers, of these, two of the support centers will be turned into business hubs which will provide space for boardrooms, computer and internet access to our SMMES.
The specific areas that will benefit from this phase are Bronkhorspruit, Mamelodi, Olievenhoutbosch, Mabopane, Soshanguve and Sekampaneng.
We have an academy in the City called TLMA. Through this academy, the City will avail skills development and training, bursaries as well as internship opportunities.
One of the factors that make Tshwane unique is that we are the City with the highest number of universities in the country which makes our student population higher than in other cities. It is with this reason that I saw it fit to create a student village.
At the end of the March, Council approved utilization of land for student accommodation in Soshanguve. A week ago we have put 2 buildings out for proposals to develop student accommodation.
One thing you need to understand is that I am the Mayor of Service Delivery; I believe in less talk and more action and I have started on acting on this.
Accommodation alone does not make the City welcoming to students. Therefore the City has to ensure that students are safe and able to move from one point to the next with ease.
Our youth is facing social challenges such as drug and substance abuse. We continue to appreciate the work done by NGOs and NPOs in addressing this scourge.
I would like to say that the City will be running proactive programs in partnership with NGOs and relevant government departments. I have instructed the MMC for Social and Economic Development to convert a school in Winterveld for this purpose.
These are all very important issues and we all have to be concerned about. It is with this reason that in order for me to monitor that I deliver on this mandate that Youth Development will be moving to my office.
Moshomo otshaba diatla!”



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