Gauteng showcases potential of disabled youth


By Thapelo Sakoana

The commission is hosting Youth Disability Day in partnership with the Department of Social Development, the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller and the Umsobomvu Youth Fund.

The event, held in Johannesburg, is themed: "Disabled but Capable - building a better Gauteng for all youth'.

It aims to showcase the conditions of the disabled youth in the society, while reaffirming that they are capable people who could contribute positively towards the development of the country.

The event will be addressed by the MEC for Social Development Kgaogelo Lekgoro and the commission?s chairperson Lebogang Maile.

They are expected to speak about issues ranging from the economic empowerment of the disabled youth to education and matter of social responsibility.

Mr Maile said it was the commission?s responsibility to create partnerships with stakeholders in different sectors in a quest to ensure a good environment for the disabled youth to triumph.

"It is the duty of the Gauteng Youth Commission to foster relations and partnerships among all young people and promote a "disability-friendly? province.

"Disabled young people are very much a part of our society and we need to highlight the role that differently-abled young people can play in the development of the province,' he said.

Mr Maile said their youth month programme highlighted the need to embrace disability within the broad celebrations of commemorating the 31st anniversary of June 16 Soweto uprisings.

The theme for this year's youth month is: "Deepening Youth Participation in Development".

This theme emphasises youth participation in developing communities and promoting further youth training and skills development.

Government has made youth development a focal point by increasing the opportunities available to them.

They have recognised that the youth - including those who are disabled - are the future of the country and thus they need to be nurtured and developed.