Pretoria – The Presidency says the National Consultative Conference on the draft National Youth Policy will convene on 29 and 30 March to confirm the revised policy and to gather the last set of inputs from South African youth.
Young people from around the country and nationally organised youth structures are expected to gather at the two-day conference, which also aims to afford space for extensive debate on each priority of the NYP.
This following a consultation process launched in January by the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, who invited young people to own and engage robustly with the policy formulation process.
“We are enthusiastic about the feedback we have thus far received from young people about a policy that is at the heart of their development,” said Deputy Minister Buti Manamela.
During the extensive and vigorous consultation process, young people were provided opportunities through meetings, panel discussions, social media platforms and various other means to make submissions into the national youth policy.
“More than 100 written submissions have been received and considered,” said the Presidency.
The Presidency said young people took the opportunity and came out in numbers from all over the country and expressed their needs, interests and aspirations.
Deputy Minister Manamela engaged with the youth from NGOs, political parties, faith based organisations, young people at train stations, churches, shebeens, institutions of learning and everywhere where young could be found.
In the course of the consultation process, Deputy Minister Manamela continued to assert his commitment in ensuring that the final policy reflected the views of young people, even if it means the final document is completely different to what is in the draft policy.
The outcomes of the conference will be infused into the policy which will then be taken to Cabinet before the policy is signed by the Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe.