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June - 29 June 2017 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

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City prioritises youth empowerment

CHARMEL PAYET ETHEKWINI Municipality has implemented a number of interventions aimed at empowering the youth and giving them support so that they can make a meaningful contribution to the mainstream economy. This was revealed during a successful Youth Month Programme launch which was held at uShaka Marine World on 10 June and attended by over 500 young people from across the City. Former African Union Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma together with eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and other City leadership members officially launched the programme. Speaking at the event, Dr Dlamini-Zuma told the young delegates that everyone is born with a talent, but the difference is what you do with that talent. She said the economy must grow to increase the wealth of its people. ?Young people and women must be part of the economy. If they are not part of it, we will not reach our full potential as a country or continent.? She urged the youth to work hard. ?Let us make our City safe and pleasant for residents and tourists. Let us make Durban the cleanest City not only in South Africa, but the world. I believe we can do it,? she said to rapturous applause and a standing ovation. Former African Union Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma together with eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and other members of the City leadership launched the Youth Month Programme at uShaka Marine World on 10 June. The City has a number of programmes, running throughout the month, to empower youth. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE Mayor Gumede said the youth of 1976 took it upon themselves to fight against the oppressive apartheid regime. ?That generation continues to be an inspiration to youth today in the fight for financial freedom.? She said the City was implementing the Radical Economic Transformation Framework at the Supply Chain Management level to ensure opportunities are shared with youth, women, the disabled and military veterans. Mayor Gumede said the City would never forget to take care of its youth. ?My office has started developing a youth strategy for the City which will be linked to the provincial and national strategy. We want to ensure that eThekwini programmes and resources are available to all young people.? Acting Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Planning Phillip Sithole outlined developments taking place in the City, the investment being made and how many jobs will be created as a result. City Manager Sipho Nzuza spoke on opportunities for young people in the ocean economy. charmel.payet@durban.gov.za

8th SA Aids Conference held in Durban

SIMPHIWE DLAMINI OVER 2 500 delegates attended the 8th South African Aids Conference which was hosted by eThekwini Municipality from 13 to 15 June. It was held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre under the theme: ?The long walk to prevention: Every voice counts?. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, who also Chairs the City?s Aids Committee, said the conference enabled the Municipality to have an integrated and holistic approach to dealing with issues related to HIV/Aids. ?It is crucial for eThekwini to create a platform to deliberate on HIV/Aids issues at a local level to pursue the objectives set out by the South African National AIDS Council. These include providing leadership and developing policies and strategies to fight the epidemic,? said Mayor Gumede. Conference Chairperson Dr Sue Goldstein said the conference theme was critical. ?Prevention and education opens spaces for people to challenge how issues are responded to and how social justice and The 8th South African Aids Conference was held at the International Convention Centre from 13 to 15 June under the theme: ?The long walk to prevention: Every voice counts?. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE rights are being eroded or protected,? said Goldstein. She added that prevention remains the cornerstone of any effective response to HIV with the many social, political and cultural issues that runs alongside it. The conference also explored the latest advances in basic sciences alongside an emphasis on how to be part of lasting change to prevent new infections. A number of plenary sessions, workshops and track sessions were held. There were also interactive exhibitions and poster viewings for delegates. simphiwe.dlamini@durban.gov.za

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