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South Africa to host One Young World 2013


Following several months of toil Johannesburg has bagged the global One Young World Youth Summit in 2013..

The city was shortlisted as a contender for the role of host along with Pittsburgh in the US, but both locations came up trumps. Pittsburgh is going to host the 2012 conference and Johannesburg is going to take the reins in 2013.

“We’re thrilled, delighted and ecstatic,” expressed the CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC), Lindiwe Kwele, who attended the final event of the 2011 summit in Zurich when the announcement was made.

The JTC was responsible for presenting Johannesburg’s bid. “JTC’s conference and events bureau team has devoted a great deal of effort bidding for One Young World, and we are extremely excited to be bringing this high profile event to Joburg in two years’ time,” said Kwele.



Young leaders getting together

One Young World is a platform for today’s young leaders, with the main objective of connecting the smartest young thinkers with those in power, as a consequence making certain that their concerns and opinions are given serious attention.

Global leaders in a variety of fields, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, musician Bob Geldof and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan support the summit and act as counsellors to delegates. Tutu was a speaker at this year’s event, as was British chef Jamie Oliver.



The inaugral summit was held in London in 2010, when 823 delegates from 112 countries joined together to debate the concerns facing young people of today. Zurich hosted this year’s conference from 1 to 4 September, with approximately 1 200 delegates from 170 countries.

“Clinching the event for Johannesburg and Africa is extremely significant on so many levels,” Kwele said.

“Africa is considered the continent containing the most significant proportion of youth (20%) – as a demographic component of the population – and it would be significant to host this event on a continent which numerous young adults call home and that provides so many opportunities and challenges.”



Addressing contemprary issues

At the first conference six resolutions were tabled as the most pressing contemporary issues. These were, and remain:

  •  Political leaders to make clear their stances on humanitarian issues;
  •  Global business to define and act on their role in the fight against poverty;
  •  Leaders and followers of all faiths to commit to delivering peace among all nations, races and creeds;
  •  Media to use its influence to help protect truth and personal freedom;
  •  Governments to take more legislative action to guarantee that carbon emissions reduction targets are agreed on and met by 2020; and
  •  Businesses, governments and civil society to work together to prioritise health care and nutrition.

“What One Young World really is, is a remarkable network of remarkable shared accountability, a scarce and completely unique platform to interact with the world’s youth about what matters now, and what will matter the most, tomorrow,” said Catherine Peter, the Africa director of One Young World.



The chance to host the summit in Johannesburg would present the platform to share ideas on the value of developing young adults into future leaders, learning from both developing and developed countries, Kwele said.

On the announcement of the winners, One Young World co-founder David Jones, an advertising guru, said: “We received amazing bids from superb cities and Johannesburg is a true global icon, a city that has shown it can handle world events with style and exuberance.

“We are thrilled that the city will be our host for the One Young World summit 2013.”

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Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com


South Africa indigenous fruit and vegetables can create jobs

The mass production of South Africa’s indigenous fruit and vegetables can go a long way in helping to eradicate poverty, according to experts attending the Indigenous Knowledge System Expo in Durban. Around 20 types of indigenous fruit have been identified in South Africa, many of which have been found to possess larger amounts of vitamins and minerals than common fruits sold in markets, according to Rosemary Du Preez.

Du Preez works in the field of development agriculture and is responsible for the agricultural component of a large programme introducing high value crops such as fruit trees and essential oils. The project is active in 52 rural villages with 2000 participating households in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.

During her presentation at the expo, she said that in addition to job creation, which would in turn tackle poverty issues around the country, the cultivation of indigenous fruit would lead to the search and identification for alternative crops.

Biologist Carina Malherbe supported the need for development of indigenous products on the basis that South Africa is the third most biological diverse country after Indonesia and Brazil.

Malherbe, who has been tasked with managing and conserving indigenous resources, said unfortunately the commercialising indigenous produce was tied up in red tape.

There are laws in South Africa that regulate bioprospecting and people living in rural areas are not well versed in the legislation. This puts them on an unequal footing in negotiations with other stakeholders.

Malherbe urged government to give rural communities assistance in this regard and more clarity on some aspects of the law.

Source: BuaNews


Join 1GOAL Education for All

Today, 72 million children in the world are denied the chance to go to school. These children could be our next generation’s leaders, sports stars, doctors and teachers. But they face a lifelong struggle against poverty.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Since 2000, 40 million more children are in school. Education beats poverty – and gives people the tools to help themselves.

1GOAL is a campaign seizing the power of football to ensure that education for all is a lasting impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Raising our voices all over the world we believe that, together, we can make education a reality for the millions of boys and girls who remain out of school.

“This is our chance to show not just out-of-school children, but our own children, that when we make a promise, we keep it. With your help, we could have billions of fans cheering not just for their teams, but for one team: 1GOAL. This is our moment to shine; we can bring millions of children in from the shadows of ignorance, and light up their lives with the legacy of education.” ~ Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah Co-Founder and Global Co-Chair, 1GOAL

You can help make education for all a reality.

1GOAL is bringing together footballers, fans, charities, corporations and individuals to lobby and achieve our ambitious aim of education for everyone. By joining the 1GOAL team, you can strengthen the campaign’s voice and give us the best possible chance of success.

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Eradicating poverty starts with youth development

Eradicating poverty starts with youth development – Dlamini

Pretoria – Reducing poverty among children and the youth can contribute towards the reduction of intergenerational transmitted poverty, says Deputy Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini.

Deputy Minister of Social Development Ms Bathabile Dlamini

“We believe that education can play an important role in the long-term towards the fight against intergenerational poverty,” Dlamini said on Wednesday at Inkandla.

She was addressing the Independent Development Trust 2nd Annual Development Week Dialogue themed “Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Transmitted Poverty: From Rhetoric to Practice”.

The dialogue aimed to engage stakeholders on the issue of poverty and its impact on the livelihoods of people, from generation to generation.

In an effort to stop intergenerational poverty, Dlamini noted that government has developed a strategy to increase the number of youth in education, employment and training by 2014/15.

“This is because young people are viewed as our valued human resources, who must be assisted to find the necessary space of participation in the economy and the labour market.

“We must show confidence and invest in them because they constitute the future of our country by highlighting that the ability of children cannot be determined by their family backgrounds,” she said.

In fighting poverty, government has implemented the War on Poverty Campaign, which has already taken off across the country. Through this initiative, government is targeting the poorest households in a bid to assist each of them overcome the hardships of poverty.

Souce: BuaNews