Mr Yongama Zigebe, UDMYV Gauteng Provincial Secretary

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) has taken note of the State of the National Address delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa today, 16 February 2018.

This on the back foot of many young people of South Africa who continue to be marginalised due to lack of job opportunities in the country. The UDMYV welcomes the President’s commitment to “move young South African’s to the centre of the national economic agenda.”

Some of the initiatives announced today include:
1. A jobs summit
2. Launch of Youth Employment Service Initiative
3. Establishment of a Youth Working Group represented by all young South Africans.
4. Creation of one million internships in three years.

The UDMYV supports these initiatives in principle and would avail its machinery for the success of these programmes as the UDMYV recognises that the exclusion of young people from economic activity is an injustice to the black child in particular. We also hope that these programmes are not designed to appease the African National Congress Youth League whom we believe are enemies of the President in his party’s factional battles.

The UDMYV therefore calls for wide representation and inclusion of all youth formations in these programmes.

We shall also continue to work with the United Democratic Students’ Movement (UDESMO) at all tertiary institutions to make sure that free education is implemented in order to benefit the millions of young South Africans who seek to venture into higher education and training.

The economy needs a new approach that will attract international investors and create jobs. The UDMYV believes that manufacturing through localisation will indeed help to achieve this and that ratings agencies will upgrade South Africa out of junk status.

Issued by:
Katleho Mothamaha
UDMYV Political Liaison Officer, Gauteng

Yongama Zigebe
UDMYV Provincial Secretary, Gauteng