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Youth Dialogue impresses stakeholders.

posted 22 Aug 2014, 02:05 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 6 Sept 2014, 08:04 ]

More than three hundred learners from thirteen Star For Life partnered schools in Johannesburg got a chance to participate in a Third Star For Life Youth Dialogue, where they engaged in discussions with prominent stakeholders including; entrepreneurs, government, popular TV personalities and musicians and other organizational officials.


Lungile Maseko and Anelisa Mbongo from Fumana Secondary School 
during their presentation on poverty.

This symposium, took place at the Change Bible Church in Katlehong under the theme, ‘Creating a brand that you can be proud of.’  At this symposium learners took the lead on relevant discussions on a range of topics including unemployment, poverty, moral regeneration and entrepreneurship.


One of the prominent participants Yanelisa Sogiba from Palmridge Combined School noted that  “South Africa has been battling with a number of social ills such as poverty and unemployment for quite some time and it’s about time young people use platforms such as Youth Dialogues to come up with fresh and practical ideas to combat these sort of social ills.”

Lindokuhle Khumalo and Mbalenhle Mokoena during presenting at the symposium.

 “It’s about time we as young people start thinking of innovative ways to combat social issues. Forums such as these are great platforms for young people to raise their thoughts and ideas as well as to engage with stakeholders,” said Yanelisa Sogiba.


Mr. Mabuya from the Department of Education District Directors office in Ekuhruleni encouraged learners to think of innovative and business ideas that will the country help to combat unemployment and poverty in South Africa. “As you gather together today to discuss these topics, I want you to think of internal solutions that will reduce the unemployment rate and poverty in this country”.

Mr. Mabuya also praised Star For Life for the support in the District.


The popular hip-hop musician, who grew up in the same community Sizwe Moeketsi, who is well known by his fans by the name of ‘Reason’ was pleased with the level of enthusiasm displayed by learners.


The Star For Life Programmes Manager Mr. Jean Daniel Kabati pledged to take all resolutions from discussions to the relevant government departments, so that they take note of what youth think about social ills in the community.


Mr. Jean Daniel Kabati also applauded all stakeholders who were part of the event. “I want to thank Educator’s for preparing our learners from schools for this day and also our stakeholders for taking their precious time to be with us today and contribute towards building a better future.” Said Mr. Kabati.