Mahalapye — Members of Mahalapye Brigades' 2019 intake have been urged to shape their character for the best.
Kgosi Olefhile Malaule of Dilaene 1 ward in Mahalapye said this on March 29 when students graduated from a three-month character building training.
He expressed concern that customary courts were overwhlemed by cases involving young people.
He said the society was laden with young people who were determined to break every rule and disturb peace in the community.
Kgosi Malaule, however, said government, through institutions such as Mahalapye Brigades was engaging students in activities aimed at encouraging positive deeds.
He noted that it was unfortunate that some parents were not doing enough to prepare their children to adopt positive actions.
"The burden is now on traditional leaders to guide the young people," he quipped.
Kgosi Malaule further said as the National Vision 2036 advocated for prosperity for all, the dream would only be realised if young people displayed the principle of Botho in order to grow responsibly.
He advised the youth to strive towards being self-reliant and nourish peace.
"The training is a necessary prescription in developing a trustworthy future. What you have learnt must be presented in the school environment and the society," he said.
Kgosi Malaule said after training of this kind, whoever engaged in unruly behavior must not blame the school or the government.
He appealed to the students to be responsible citizens.
He encouraged them to focus on their studies as vocational skills empowered young people to be independent and explore their ingenuity.
Meanwhile, Mahalapye Brigades deputy principal, Mr Oteng Tshimo, said 152 trainees were engaged in the character building programme.
He said the programme was designed to assist the fresh learners cultivate and adopt to the culture of learning.
"They were exposed to health and safety issues which included among others firefighting and first aid," he said.
Business tips, psychosocial support topics like stress and anger management Mr Tshiamo said were part of the training.
He said the three months training also encouraged team work.
"You have persevered to complete a drill that will act as a foundation for your training," he said.