12 June 2017

South Africa: Beyond the Rhetoric - Why Do We Lack Urgency When Dealing With Youth-Related Challenges?


This coming Youth Day, after the rhetoric and cosmetics of the day have passed, we, as a nation, must ask why we lack urgency in dealing with the various youth challenges. We must ask ourselves why have we relegated our own civic duties to change the youth situation primarily to government and remain reactionary.

Once again, this coming Friday we will celebrate Youth Day, we will take time to reflect, honour and commemorate the legacy of the gallant and brave youth of 1976. We will take time to analysis the changing narrative of youth in this country, through the lenses of the various hashtag movements that have swept the country in the past two years. We will selectively applaud their courage, resilience and determination for fighting against injustices, in whichever way they have and continue to manifest. However, in the same breath as we celebrate the progress made, we must take a moment to introspect, on how the legacy of youth will be shaped in the decades to come.

As a country we have reached a point of dangerous complacency in relation to various youth challenges, where we do a great deal of lip-service to challenges rather than practical measures...

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