MESSAGE FROM THE CONVENOR
The month of June is an exciting and humbling one for the entire country. It is indeed a privilege to report on the events of the past month.
June is Youth month and 16 June was National Youth Day.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the 16 June 1976 student uprising in Soweto and the tragic death of hundreds of our youth at the hands of the apartheid regime when students protested at the forced medium of instruction in Afrikaans.
Youth Month was celebrated this year under the theme – “The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: Growing youth employment for an inclusive and transformed society."
In his virtual address on the occasion of Youth Day, President Ramaphosa recalled and saluted the Youth of our country and highlighted what government has done and is already doing and initiating to promote youth in the economy. The full speech of the President can be accessed by the link http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/speeches/virtual-address-president-cyril-ramaphosa-occasion-youth-day-16-june-2021
The following extracts from that speech inspire us all:
Our goal is to become a country where every young person has a place to go – whether in further education and training, in skills development, in work experience, in entrepreneurship, in youth service or in formal employment.
We know that by providing young people with opportunities for work experience, by supporting them to start and grow their own businesses, by fixing our skills development system and by creating opportunities for work that serves the common good, we can make inroads into this challenge.
The construction of a better future for our country depends on our young people stepping forward, putting up their hands and saying: ‘Yes, I want to be part of change.’
If we work together, change is surely within our reach.
Just as the youth of 1976 worked hard for the demise of apartheid, so too must the current generation of youth rise and be part of defeating poverty, inequality and under-development.
Armed with the tools of recovery, infused with the spirit of selflessness and service, our collective resolve strengthened, we can transform this country.
In recognition of the significant and crucial role of the Youth of our country, the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum (PBF) has partnered with the Mail and Guardian, to host a joint webinar on 29 June 2021 entitled – “Youth participation in the Economy”. This joined webinar together with the PBF, as a programme of the ANC, under the authority of the ANC Treasurer-General, Cde Paul Mashatile, stands to harness our efforts and do justice to the celebration of Youth Month.
It is our pleasure and privilege therefore to hold this interaction seeking as it does, to strive to ensure youth opportunity in an inclusive and transformed society. We will report on the outcomes of the event in the next newsletter.
Political Party Funding Act webinar:
Essential to the mandate of the PBF is of course the empowerment of South Africans. There can hardly be a greater source of effective empowerment than the development of the capacity and knowledge of the people of South Africa to be sustainably involved in the economy of our country.
For its part, the Progressive Business Forum held a webinar on 8 June on the implications of the Political Party Funding Act (PPFA). Subscribers were fortunate to have had the expertise of Mr George Mahlangu, Deputy CEO Independent Electoral Commission, (IEC) and Mr Matsobane Nkoko, Manager: Political Party Funding Department. Independent Electoral Commission, (IEC) at their disposal. Subscribers were able to interact with the speakers on the implications of the Act to their endeavours.
It was indeed therefore, the aim of this webinar to educate and inform subscribers of the implications of this democracy-enhancing legislation, to dispel any misinformation that may exist and most of all to empower each of us.
Promoting Trade and Investment
Continuing to create platforms for engagement and potential opportunities, the PBF is currently engaging various Missions in South Africa with a view to holding virtual meetings between those business representatives and our subscribers in the months ahead. We are excited at the prospects of these virtual meetings and will relay and announce them to subscribers as they are finalized.
The PBF looks forward to ongoing engagement and busy months ahead and as always, to the active participation of our subscribers.
Any successful organisation must have its fingers on the pulse of its people. For this reason we have just conducted a successful subscriber survey. Thank you to everyone who responded. We are in process of implementing the outcomes of that survey and amongst others, will be introducing an after-care subscriber service and rewards programme. We aim to continuously update and to be responsive to our subscribers!