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President Zuma appeals to young people to take education seriously

Sunday 18 June 2017 18:34

Vusi Makhosini

Addressing the event, President Jacob Zuma encouraged young people to take education seriously and make it fashionable to be educated. (SABC)

President Jacob Zuma has emphasised the importance of education to young people.

Addressing a youth month celebration at Hammarsdale Township outside Durban, Zuma called on young people not to pursue just any career, but to focus on scarce skills.

Zuma also re-iterated the ruling party's call for accelerated radical economic transformation in order to address the country's skewed economy.

The event was also attended by some cabinet ministers, including Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize.

Addressing the event, President Zuma encouraged young people to take education seriously and make it fashionable to be educated.

He warned the youth against alcohol and drug abuse, saying it does not only destroy one's future but also the future of the country.

"To have young people taking education seriously is a sign that South Africa is on the right path to real freedom and to economic prosperity. Education is important, there are many people who studied humanities (BA degree) but are not economically active, you must study scarce skills that will ensure that you are absorbed to the main stream of the economy."

The President also re-iterated the ruling party's position on the need for accelerated radical economic transformation in order to deal with inequality and the country's skewed economy.

"Political freedom rather without economic freedom is not a complete freedom. The land question is very much related to economy, the day there was dispossession of land, that's the day poverty began, that's a day inequality began, that's the day unemployment began."

"That's is why it is more than correct to apply policies that are radical, that are revolutionary, that are changing the status quo economically. No one will do it for us, but ourselves."

eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede used the platform to outline the city's programmes aimed at empowering the youth, ranging from skills development to business opportunities.

Gumede also told young people that the municipality plans to put up wi-fi hot spots in all libraries and clinics in the metro.

"We will increase our free Wi-Fi hot spots. Initially we were going to have 75 sites but we have increased the sites now , we are going to be having 250 hot spots around the city. We want to have Wi-Fi at every library, at our clinics and schools within eThekwini."

Gumede also announced the municipality's plans to commission a statue of the late ANC President Oliver Reginald Tambo, which will be installed outside the Durban city hall.


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