PUTTING OUR YOUTH FIRST
South Africa's youth played an important role in the struggle for freedom. When the first democratic government came into existence in 1994, one of the first things they did was to set up the National Youth Commission. The Youth Commission’s key role is to ensure that the youth’s interests are always considered when government discusses national matters. This includes the budget for education, skills development and health facilities. The Youth Commission is in the office of President Thabo Mbeki.
The Commission has started a number of programmes for the youth: