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Working alongside one another to deal with youth challenges

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called on the South African Jewish board to assist government as it attempts to do something about the significant unemployment rate, particularly amongst the younger generation.

Speaking during the 46th conference of the South African Jewish Board, Motlanthe stated “until all of us work together to mentor, as a country, to educate and train the youth they are going to continue to be devoid of hope for a better future.”


Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe


He said South Africa was not insulated from uprising seen throughout the world headed by the youth for the reason that governments have not provided them with hope, while at the same time minority class groups persist to flaunt their wealth by way of conspicuous consumptive culture.

“Our country is not insulated from these issues notably for the reason that we have near to 2.8 million young adults between ages of 18 and 24 that happen to be unemployed and not in any institution of learning.

“This fact represents the ticking time bomb that threatens to aflame pent-up emotions and thoughts within the youth if not immediately addressed,” Motlanthe shared with the conference.

For this reason, he explained, it was vital to comprehend the current youth unrests as a general bellow of hungry calls for development, which must be tackled forthrightly and without delay.



“I think that the South African Jewish board of deputies is perfectly positioned to assist us answer many of these challenges due to the skills, knowledge and influence your members wields as major role players within the South African economy.”

The deputy president hoped that the Jewish Board of deputies would certainly assist inculcate and share the experiences and skills to help develop the remainder of the toiling majority of the country.

“The challenges are wide ranging however I am certain that the Jewish Board of deputies will continue to join initiatives for growth and job creation as the main artery that forms the life-line to our mutual future as South Africans.”

Source: BuaNews


MEC encourages youth to get tested for HIV AIDS

Gauteng Health and Social Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu has encouraged the youth to get tested for HIV and AID.

“Go to your nearest health facility, seek pre-counseling, test and get your results. Knowing your status especially if you are positive, will help you get the right treatment and necessary support which will prolong your life,” said Mahlangu.

She was speaking at the official launch of an HIV and AIDS expo, at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, on the eve of World AIDS Day.

Mahlangu also committed to making available more female condoms and also to educate women on how to use them.

The three-day expo which will end on Wednesday aims to encourage the spirit of a caring community. This will be done through reinforcing the spirit of ubuntu.

The expo will not only showcase the work done by civil society, the public and private sectors but it will also encourage dialogue as well as voluntary counseling and testing.

On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma is expected to address South Africans from all walks of life at an event to be held at the Pretoria Show Grounds to commemorate World AIDS Day today.

Under the theme “I am responsible, We are responsible, South Africa is taking responsibility”, this year’s World AIDS Day heralds a new era in the country’s collective effort in the response to HIV and AIDS.

The theme encourages everyone in South Africa from individuals, communities, businesses and government to take personal and collective responsibility to stop new HIV infections, provide care and support to those living with HIV and to ensure access to treatment for all people in need.

The day’s activities are intended to bring the country together to revitalise the fight against AIDS and take the campaign to higher levels.

Source: BuaNews, gauteng.net