Helping for Mandela Day

On Saturday the 22nd of July 2017 the Cosmo City Youth and Business Forums embarked on a project to help the less fortunate people in Cosmo City, to help them with whatever they needed as part of their Mandela day initiative. This took place in extension 2

The New collaborated business forum is where young people are included to modernise the business forum which now concentrates on economic development and ensuring that the people of Cosmo City are employed and involved in the community, The Youth Forum is on the employment side, they help to ensure that the youth of Cosmo City is employed and employable.

'' Today we will be doing plastering in extension 2 then tomorrow we will be painting the houses which we did last Saturday.'' said Thembani Sikewza a member of the Youth and Business forums in Cosmo City.

This initiative was started as a 67 minutes for Mandela Day which then grew into these forums helping more than just one family. These forums were brought together by them recognising a need in Cosmo City, which made it possible for them to help each other and the community at large

''On Saturday what we did as part of 67 minutes we had 3 parallel activities , one was held by the office of the counselor, which was a cleaning campaign, another was held by Tiger brands who assisted with doing house to house issuing of groceries, gifting of clothes and blankets for over 15 families.'' He continued.

''A project was run by the business forum parallel to those two where a house in extension 6 and another house in extension 2 where we assisted with painting after it was partially burnt.'' he explained

The people of Cosmo City came together to celebrate a day for giving and helping one another and fellow community members. Mandela day is meant for people to recognise that there are those who need help occasionally and that all people can do something to help someone else even if it is just for 67 minutes, this is in celebration of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

Correctional Services Youth Imbizo

In the context of the 41st Anniversary of the Soweto youth uprisings, the Department of Correctional Services has identified the importance of encouraging young people to refrain from criminality and substance abuse as a key building block towards the creation of a safe and secure South Africa.  The promotion of anti-crime awareness within the youth constituency, both inside prisons and within communities, forms part of our on going efforts to promote security and comfort. More than  7000 of South Africa’s prisoner population is constituted of youth under the age of 21 years.

 

Community participation in the social reintegration of parolees and ex-inmates upon their release back into their families and respective communities remains  a key pillar in our programs to reduce re-offending. In Ekurhuleni, the DCS Correctional Supervision is responsible for a total 2 688 parolees and 630 probationers who still serve their sentences from outside our facilities.

 

It is in line with the above,  the office of the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla, working in collaboration with Gauteng MEC for community safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Cllr Mzwandile Masina will be embarking on an Imbizo, targeting mainly youth and the broader community of Kathorus. The overall aim of the campaign is the mobilization of society to rise and contribute meaningfully to the creation of crime free zones.

 

On the day, more than 200 TVET youth will watch a stage theatre/drama to be performed by inmates from the Johannesburg Correctional Facility (‘Sun City’) and receive a motivational talk from well known ex-inmate Themba Lukhele, popularly know as ‘Skeem GP’. Thereafter, the entourage will proceed for a walkabout to distribute anti-crime literature at Natalspruit Hospital Precinct (Ward 52). The final activity will be a community/ public Imbizo to be held at Change Bible Church where more than 2 000 community members are expected to gather and dialogue with public representatives.

 

The media is invited as follows:

 

Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Time: 9am

Venue: Usizo TVET College, Katlehong

 

Walk-about

Venue: Natalspruit Hospital Precinct (Ward 52)

Time: 11h30

 

Community/ public Imbizo

Venue: Change Bible Church, Katlehong

Time: 14h30

National Youth Month activities by Ministers and Deputy Ministers

South Africa marks National Youth Month in June under the theme “The Year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment”.

Ministers and Deputy Ministers will engage in various activities aimed at promoting youth development and empowerment. The President launched Youth Month with a meeting of the Presidential Youth Working Group which brings together government and leaders of youth organisations, which took stock of progress done thus far in the socio-economic advancement of young people.

The National Youth Day commemoration event will take place in Ventersdorp, North West Province on 16 June 2017.

The government youth engagement activities are as follows:

06 June 2017

School Shoes handover and Imbizo
Deputy Minister in The Presidency, Mr Buti Manamela
Time: 08h30
Venue: Mahamane Location, Mount Free, Eastern Cape

Tourism Buddies Learnership & Tourism
Tourism Deputy Minister, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe
Time: 09h30
Venue: Ferdi Meyer Hall, Cnr Tulbagh Street & Stateway, Welkom, Free State

Young Workers Forum, Clothing Industry
Economic Development Minister, Mr Ebrahim Patel
Time: 13h00
Venue: Cape Town, Western Cape

Youth Build Launch and handover of 100 houses
Human Settlements Minister, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu
Venue: Palm Ridge, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng

07 June 2017

Economic Summit for Young Entrepreneurs
Economic Development Deputy Minister, Mr Madala Masuku
Time: 10h00
Venue: Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Mpumalanga

08 June 2017

Social Safety-net Programme with active Participants as facilitators and beneficiaries
Public Works Deputy Minister, Mr Jeremy Cronin
Time: 11h00
Venue: 21 Calderwood Street, Whittlesea, Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, Eastern Cape

Follow-up meeting with the Traditional Leaders and addressing the matter of incomplete Built Arts and Culture Multipurpose Centre for the Youth and Community Engagement
Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Maggy Sotyu
Venue: Bumbane Great Palace, Dalindyebo Kingdom, Bumbane, Eastern Cape

09 June 2017

Youth Expo Focusing on employment opportunities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Deputy Minister, General Bheki Cele
Time: 09h00
Venue: Umzumbe, KwaZulu Natal

Victim Empowerment Programme
Public Works Deputy Minister, Mr Jeremy Cronin
Time: 09h00
Venue: Khululeka Community Education Development Centre, 10 Queens Drive, Queenstown, Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, Eastern Cape

Youth in Agricultural and Non Agricultural initiatives
Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini
Time: 10h00
Venue: Burgersfort Community Hall, Burgersfort Sekhukhune District, Limpopo

Community Engagement
Economic Development Minister, Mr Ebrahim Patel
Time: 18h00
Venue: Atlantis, Cape Town

Engagement with youth at the Sekhukhune Youth Opportunities Expo on Human Settlements youth programmes
Human Settlements Minister, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu
Venue: Sekhukhune District Municipality, Limpopo

Ministerial Imbizo, focusing on youth challenges, especially the issue of gangsters
Police Minister, Mr Fikile Mbalula
Venue: Botshabelo, Free State

Youth in Science and Innovation Indaba
Science and Technology Minister, Ms Naledi Pandor
Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, Tshwane, Gauteng

Project Mikondzo Outreach
Social Development Deputy Minister, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
Venue: Katlehong Special School for the Deaf and Blind, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng Province

The Fisheries Sector Expo
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Venue: South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

10 June 2017

Movie screening in Phillipi (Kalushi) public awareness about the role of Solomon Mahlangu in the struggle for liberation, a session on child protection and cyber safety
Communications Deputy Minister, Ms Thandi Mahambehlala
Venue: Phillipi community in Western Cape, movie to be screened at Ster Kinekor, Claremont

Youth Career Development Expo
Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Ms Fatima Chohan
Time: 10h00
Venue: Mew Way Hall, Khayelitsha, Western Cape Municipality, Western Cape

13 June 2017

Conversation with the youth on safety, business and Education
Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Ms Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba
Time: 14h00
Venue: Sol Plaatjie Municipality, Northern Cape

14 June 2017

Youth and Land Reform, Educating youth on Land Reform related topic
Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister, Mr Mcebisi Skwatsha
Time: 09h00
Venue: Cape Winelands, Boland Region, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Youth in Tourism Imbizo
Tourism Deputy Minister, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe
Time: 09h00
Venue: Ikageng Stadium, NW405 Municipality, Potchefstroom, North West Province

15 June 2017

Dialogue with the youth around issues of social cohesion and the importance of youth developing society. This is part of the youth month build-up activities
Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa
Venue: North West University, Mafikeng

Apply Now/Khetha Career Guidance Campaign
Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister, Mr Mduduzi Manana
Time: 08h00
Venue: Tibane, Limpopo

Youth Careers Expo: Launch of Skills Development Project
Labour Deputy Minister, Mr Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa
Time: 10h00
Venue: Nkantolo Sports Ground, Nkantolo Village, Bizana, Eastern Cape

Launch of the Internet For All
Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Dr Siyabonga Cwele
Time: 10h00
Venue: Uncle Toms Community Hall, Orlando West, Soweto, Gauteng

The Sector Agriculture Expo
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Venue: Mpumalanga

16 June 2017

National Youth Day Commemoration
President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Time: 09h00
Venue: Tshing Ext 2, Sports Ground, Ventersdorp, North West

Youth Imbizo
Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande
Time: 09h00
Venue: Gert Sibande District Municipality, Mpumalanga

Manenberg Development Co-ordinating Structure, skills development and sport activities
Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Ms Fatima Chohan
Time: 09h00
Venue: Greens Sportsfield, Manenberg, Western Cape

NSF Bursary Hand Over
Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande
Time: 17h00
Venue: Gert Sibande District Municipality, Mpumalanga

Youth Engagement and Career Expo
Public Enterprises Minister, Ms Lynne Brown
Venue: Paarl East, Western Cape

17 June 2017

Youth Imbizo
Health Deputy Minister, Mr Joe Phaahla
Time: 10h00
Venue: Tongaat, eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal

19 June 2017

Oversight visit to the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State and Imbizo for Professional/Semi/and Non-Professional Artists of all genres
Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Makhotso Magdeline Sotyu
Venue: Botshabelo Stadium, Bloemfontein, Free State

Youth Indaba
Police Deputy Minister, Mr Bongani Mkongi
Time: 09h00
Venue: Thembalethu, George

Second Chance Matric Programme (National Senior Certificate Learner Retention Programme) and Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy programme stakeholder engagement aimed at out-of-school youth
Basic Education Deputy Minister, Mr Enver Surty
Time: 14h00
Venue: Greater Taung, North West

Youth Participation in Circular Waste Economy
Environmental Affairs Minister, Ms Edna Molewa
Time: 10h00
Venue: Rustenburg, North West

20 June 2017

Colloquium on international migration working alongside the Wits’ African Centre for Migration and Society as well as the National Youth Development
Home Affairs Minister, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize
Venue: University of Witwatersrand - African Centre for Migration and Society, Gauteng Province

21 June 2017

Community Imbizo
Justice and Correctional Services Deputy Minister, Mr Thabang Makwetla
Venue: Katlehong, Ekurhuleni Municipality, Gauteng

Youth in programmes
Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister, Mr Mcebisi Skwatsha
Time: 09h00
Venue: Mollemole Local Municipality, Dendron, Limpopo

22 June 2017

Stakeholder Engagement Session
Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Time: 10h00
Venue: Cape Town ICC, Western Cape

23 June 2017

Youth Day Symposium under the theme “Economic Diplomacy and Youth Development”.
International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister, Mr Lluwelyn Landers
Time: 09h00
Venue: DIRCO: OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, Gauteng

Youth Imbizo on child marriage and intimate partner violence
Minister of Women in The Presidency, Ms Susan Shabangu
Time: 10h00
Venue: Steve Tshwete Banquet Hall, Middelburg, Mpumalanga Province

Imbizo platform to dialogue about the ongoing and rising incidents of women and child killings and abuse
International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister, Ms Nomaindia Mfeketo
Time: 10h00
Venue: Karoo/Southern Cape

Launch of the WiFi project in OR Tambo District to connect schools and clinics to the internet
Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Dr Siyabonga Cwele
Time: 10h00
Venue: Ruban Ntuli School Hall, Tsolo, Mhlontlo Local Municipality, Eastern Cape

Second Chance Matric Programme (National Senior Certificate Learner Retention Programme) and Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy programme stakeholder engagement aimed at out-of-school youth
Basic Education Deputy Minister, Mr Enver Surty
Time: 14h00
Venue: Kimberley, Northern Cape

Graduation for Further Education and Training of students on Environmental
Practice (National Qualification Level 4)
Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister, Ms Barbara Thompson
Time: 14h00
Venue: Mmabatho Civic Centre, North West

Ministerial Dialogue with the Youth on drug abuse
Police Minister, Mr Fikile Mbalula
Venue: Attridgeville, Pretoria

Youth in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Awards
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Venue: Kievits Kroon, Pretoria, Gauteng

24 June 2017

Imbizo with Young People focussing on their rights in the workplace.
Labour Minister, Ms Mildred Oliphant
Time: 10h00
Venue: Pongola Community Hall, KwaZulu-Natal

26 June 2017

Sports Day with prominent sporting personalities
Police Deputy Minister, Mr Bongani Mkongi
Time: 09h00
Venue: Secunda, Mpumalanga

Opening of a R1 million Science Lab. This program is part of the SANPARKS Social Responsibility Program towards youth development
Environmental Affairs Minister, Ms Edna Molewa
Time: 10h00
Venue: Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga

Youth Engagement and Career Expo
Public Enterprises Deputy Minister, Mr Ben Martins
Venue: Utrecht, Emadlangeni Local Municipality, KZN

27 June 2017

Youth Workshop
Justice and Correctional Services Deputy Minister, Mr Thabang Makwetla
Venue: Sunnyside Park Hotel, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Visit to a Labour Activation Program which is training Young People.
Labour Minister, Ms Mildred Oliphant
Time: 10h00
Venue: Accelor Mittal, Vanderbijl Park, Gauteng

Major Communication Campaign: Youth career and skills engagement
Labour Deputy Minister, Mr Nkosi Patekile Holomisa
Time: 10h00
Venue: Coffee Bay Sports Ground, Coffee Bay, Mqanduli, Eastern Cape

Ministerial Outreach Programme: handover of a Multipurpose Sport Court
Sport and Recreation Minister, Mr Thulas Nxesi
Time: 10h00
Venue: Khayakulu Village, Moses Kotane Local Municipality, North West

Launch of the Small Enterprise Development Agency Rapid Youth Incubator Programme
Small Business Development Minister, Ms Lindiwe Zulu
Venue: Motheo TVET College, Bloemfontein, Free State

28 June 2017

2017 Water and Sanitation Youth Indaba
Water and Sanitation Minister, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane
Time: 08h00
Venue: OR Tambo Premier Hotel, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng

Media breakfast briefing on the Youth Accords
Economic Development Deputy Minister, Mr Madala Masuku
Time: 09h00
Venue: Vilakazi Street, Soweto, Gauteng

4th Annual Green Youth Indaba
Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister, Ms Barbara Thompson
Venue: University of Pretoria, Gauteng

Tour of Robben Island, discussions and dialogues on legacy of OR Tambo, and consultation on DSD Sector Youth Policy and Strategy
Social Development Minister, Ms Bathabile Dlamini
Venue: Robben Island, City of Cape Town

29 June 2017

Workshop and Information Session: 6th Annual Eastern Cape Careers Week and Business Development Workshop
Small Business Development Minister, Ms Lindiwe Zulu
Time: 09h00
Venue: Lusikisiki Teachers Training College, Lusikisiki, OR Tambo District, Eastern Cape Province

Disability Workshop
Water and Sanitation Minister, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane
Time: 09h00
Venue: Southern Sun Hotel, Pretoria, Gauteng

Conversation with the youth on safety, business and Education
Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Ms Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba
Time: 14h00
Venue: Sol Plaatjie Municipality, Northern Cape

30 June 2017

Youth Imbizo
Health Deputy Minister, Mr Joe Phaahla
Time: 10h00
Venue: Witbank, Emalahleni, Mpumalanga

Youth & Women in 1hectare 1household
Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini
Time: 10h00
Venue: Kwa Nokuthula Community Hall, Bitou, Western Cape

Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or bongani@presidency.gov.za

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

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