Various youth-focused events were held at Head Office and regions in line with the theme of this year’s June 16 Commemoration, “Year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment”.
On 14 June 2017, officials at Head Office wore their school uniforms and filled the auditorium. Ms Nokubonga Sibiya opened the floor with her poetic message decrying violence against women and children.
Public Works Head Office Officials during the Youth Day Programme
The Chief Director- Corporate Services, Mr PW Duma welcomed everyone with the message that, “The youth of 1976 were committed and they sacrificed their lives”. He challenged officials to ask themselves if today’s public servants were as committed as the young people of 1976.
Chief Director- Corporate Services Mr PW Duma
Officials showcase their talents
The dance talents of staff were showcased including a routine from Sarafina. Besides dance and drama activities, there were presentations on career development, anger management, depression, alcohol abuse, breaking barriers and financial management. These targeted young people in the main.
There was laughter and emotional moments during the proceedings as different speakers talked about issues affecting the youth. Different institutions such as UNISA, UKZN, Damelin and Mangosuthu University of Technology exhibited during the event.
The Department of Public Works is serious about the youth empowerment even beyond Youth Month. The Department goes the extra mile through programmes such as the Bursary and Internship, Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and Youth Environmental Service (YES).
The latter two programmes upskill young people with accredited skills (theory and practical) while encouraging them to acquire further competencies as a path out of poverty.