The Youth is at heart of South Africa's policies

02 June 2015 | By Hannah Byrne

The Youth is at heart of South Africa's policies

Jeff Radebe, the minister in The Presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation has stated that South Africa has made enormous strides in youth development over the past two decades.

Speaking at the Youth Month launch at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto on 1 June, he said: "That is why over the past 20 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa we gave education the highest budget allocation – more than any other departmental budget vote."

Mr Radebe went on to add that in 1994, just 150,000 African students were enrolled in higher education, whereas three years ago in 2012, that number had risen to 750,000, and also called upon the youth of the country to bring about radical economic transformation. He said: “The youth must be found in farming, in ICT, in the financial institutions, in the media, in engineering, in sports, in cultural activities and all other activities that constitute the economy of our country."

The cabinet had previously approved the National Youth Policy 2020, which sought to address education, the youth development agenda, economic participation and transformation, skills development, health care and substance abuse, and nation building.

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