Youth Month alive with activities
Today, youth activism is directed to- wards tackling poverty, unemployment, personal development, economic freedom and HIV and AIDS, among others.
Youth Month will be commemorated and celebrated through various activities by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in partnership with government and the private sector.
Activities include the Youth Month Train Campaign from 1 to 30 June in partnership with the Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The train will leave from Gauteng on 1 June to travel through all nine provinces, stopping for a day or two at different stations and ending its journey at the Johannesburg station on 30 June. This year’s national Youth Day celebrations will be hosted in the Eastern Cape with President Jacob Zuma addressing youth in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.
A highlight of the day will be the Exhibitions Galore Fair where youth-owned businesses will exhibit and showcase their products and services. The celebrations will end with a special youth concert in the afternoon.
During the course of Youth Month, 36 houses will be built for youth-headed households in rural areas in all nine provinces with funding from sponsorships and government subsidies. The Youth Month Programme will conclude with the hosting of the first NYDA South African Exceptional Youth Awards ceremony in Gauteng.