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Tribute to our former leaders

RAY Alexander Elizabeth Mafikeng
RAY
Alexander
ELIZABETH
Mafikeng
Oscar Mpetha Liz Abrahams
OSCAR
Mpetha
LIZ
Abrahams
Chris Dlamini Jay Naidoo
CHRIS
Dlamini
JAY
Naidoo

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Last updated: 16 June 2018

Youth Day Statement

The Food and Allied Workers` Union (F.AW.U.) wishes to commemorate the class of 1976 for their heroic revolutionary struggle, personal sacrifices and innocent young lives that were lost in order to promote a just and equal society for the youth at the time.

Today, sadly our youth are still facing many challenges in terms of poverty, unemployment and inequality. It is disconcerting how many learners drop out of the schooling system and simply vanish into the welfare system. Many still have no access to quality education and have yet to see from economic freedom. School graduates face an even bigger challenge to enter tertiary institutions due to financial hardships. There are reports about young people battling to find decent employment after their graduation and end up disillusioned with their planned career prospects. These challenges need to be addressed by our government with multi-faceted, effective policy interventions with the sense of urgency it requires.

We call on the government to avail more economic opportunities for the youth and to revise the schooling system if needed to be in alignment with the skills requirements in the domestic labour market. This should be done with particular consideration to those in poor, rural and vulnerable communities. The government must also establish free or low-cost job seeker centres in vulnerable as so many young people still cannot afford data costs. We hope that the recent implementation of so-called free education will assist to uplift poor young people and create hope for future generations that they shall be free from the chains of South Africa`s troubled past.

It is our hope that our lawmakers ultimately seek to equip our young people with adequate resources so that they can fulfil the hopes and dreams of the class of 1976.

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