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Executive Deputy Chairperson of the NYDA visits BOSASA YDC

7/24/2014

The Executive Deputy Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Kenny Morolong visited BOSASA Youth Development Centre at Mogale City on Mandela Day, accompanied by NYDA staff.

They came bearing gifts and food they had prepared in the catering training kitchen. They also cleaned a room, which is going to be used as the library. The following is an extract of what he shared with the staff of NYDA, BOSASA YDC and the children.

We are humbled to be associated with this initiative, which is replicated in many parts of the country and the world to honour and celebrate a life, representing a profound sense of humanity and enviable moral values. Today, we celebrate Nelson Mandela, a man of great repute, integrity and compassion.

For the first time, we celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday without Madiba himself in our midst. He has passed from this world but his impact still remains. The greatest asset of our people, a colossus, a decorated figurehead of this nation broke our hearts when he passed on eight months ago. Today, we celebrate, Mandela Day by emulating him in his deeds and acts and we do so by dedicating 67 minutes of our time here in BOSASA.

I am confident that BOSASA would have occupied a special place in the heart of Nelson Mandela. It would have been special because Madiba dedicated his entire life to the service of his people and took to heart matters affecting young people especially children.

BOSASA represents hope for the future, because it is here that the leaders of tomorrow are nurtured, molded and prepared for future responsibilities. Madiba himself remarked many years ago and l quote, "Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people.”

We are gathered under the theme "Take Action, Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day". I am deeply honoured to speak on this occasion, not only to celebrate the contributions Tata made in the liberation struggle and attainment of freedom; but to shed light on challenges he endured as a young revolutionary freedom fighter in the quest to liberate of his people.

Born in the village of Mvezo, Transkei on the 18 July 1918, Nelson Mandela lost his father when he was 12 years old. Inspired by listening to elders' stories about the courage of his ancestors during the wars of resistance, Madiba dreamt of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people.

After completing his matric, he studied towards a Bachelors of Arts degree at the University of Fort Hare but did not complete it as he was expelled for participating in a student protest. He later completed his degree at the University of South Africa, and began studying towards a LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand.

By his own admission, he was a poor student and left the university in 1952 without graduating. Because of his determination to complete his studies Tata Madiba enrolled with the University of London, after his imprisonment in 1962 but also did not complete. Tata soldiered on in pursuit of his degree and in his last years of his term of his imprisonment, he obtained an LLB through the University of South Africa, and graduated in absentia at a ceremony in Cape Town. True to his word, he proved through education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, The NYDA is a public entity established in terms of an act of parliament to mainstream youth development across all sectors of South African society. Education and skills development is our primary priority programme, supported by economic participation, health and wellbeing, policy and research.

Together with good governance and administration and have established the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund disbursing R20 million worth of funding to young people who excel and wish to study further in pursuit of their dreams. In this last financial year, the NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund helped 222 young South Africans, predominantly from rural areas to access higher education. We hope that BOSASA will produce future beneficiaries of the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship fund.

The NYDA also offers Second Matric Re-write programme providing thousands of young people with a second chance to obtain their National Senior Certificate. This programme boasts a 87% pass rate.

The Program Director said, “We are proud to state that the NYDA has provided 865 319 young South Africans across the country with valuable career guidance information. The NYDA will provide career guidance to help you make the correct subject choices in line with the economic growth path. We will also expose you to our other products and services.”

We are humbled by the work done by the BOSASA Youth Development centre in preserving the future of our country by giving hope to young people who have a beautiful and bright future ahead of them. Many of you may have thought that you are of no value to this country but your people; your nation needs you because you are the future. But this nation also needs you to focus all your efforts and energies on education, because without education we all doomed to fail.

As part of the 67 minutes of Mandela Day, we will embark on some painting work at the designated side of the centre. I am thankful to all of you who have heeded the call to do emulate and celebrate the life of Tata Madiba through volunteerism. This spirit has always resonated with Madiba and his generation; Madiba was the chief volunteer of the defiance campaign of 1952.

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