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ANCYL finally gets a meeting with Mayor Bobani over youth issues

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 19, 2018
ANCYL finally gets a meeting with Mayor Bobani over youth issues

Following a complaint by the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the Nelson Mandela Bay that Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, has been ignoring them, an urgent meeting was scheduled for Monday.

The ANCYL said that it received an urgent meeting from Mayor Bobani after they released the statement of complaint last week.

"Having written a letter to the office of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality's Executive Mayor and consequently releasing a statement expressing its dissatisfaction, the ANCYL Nelson Mandela Metro REC received an urgent meeting invite from the Mayor, Cllr Mongameli Bobani," it said.

"The ANCYL REC delegation to attend the meeting is highly prepared to fearlessly and robustly raise issues of youth development as stipulated in our statement.”

Agenda of the meeting

The ANCYL wanted the meeting with the Mayor to discuss matters which concern the youth of Nelson Mandela Bay such as the special programmes unit, which they want to mainly be about youth empowerment.

"These programmes should cut across sectors and deal with matters relating to Youth unemployment, the rapid spread of HIV and AIDS, limited or unequal access to education facilities, lack of youth development infrastructure, limited youth participation in development projects, high youth involvement in crime and limited youth participation in SMMEs and other business and entrepreneurial ventures," the ANCYL said.

They also want centres that can be highly effective in the provision of various support material within communities.

"It is our view that these YAC’s can play a key role in the dissemination of information and as such they must be equipped with the necessary number of computers, free internet access and Wi-Fi and all young people particularly school going and unemployed youth must be given printing vouchers so they may be able to print critical documents such as CV’s and school projects," read the statement.

"As the ANCYL, we are of the view that the local authority, especially being a developmental one, has a role to play in the coordination of youth development efforts within its area of demarcation, between the public and private sector.

"The days where there is no proper and targeted coordination of youth programmes have come to an end.

"It is within this context that we are calling for a single database of unemployed youth in the Nelson Mandela Metro.”

The ANCYL added that it “can never be correct that the youth is subjected to advertising its poverty and joblessness by continuously submitting themselves on the database (unemployed) of Coega, Dept. Labour, NYDA, Social Dev, etc. yet nothing (employment) comes out of this process”.

The REC is expected to host a  press briefing on the developments and agreements reached upon in the meeting with the Mayor during the day.

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