Thembalethu Qolo, KTC
Let us not turn a blind eye on the youth who are moving this country forward.
Let’s encourage them to do more by creating means to unlock their full potential. Youth of South Africa, when they are talking about you they see you as lazy and stupid, but that is not the true reflection.
This is just generalising.
I have seen Zisile who started his own printing business at 26 years old and now he is 29 years and employs two permanent workers.
I came to know Shaba from Khayelitsha who turned his home into a motor spares store near the Khayelitsha mall and all the taxi owners know him for the good quality taxi spares he sells to them at a good price.
I have seen Ayabulela who does not have matric for starters but yet he does not rob or smuggle drugs but has his own business in the rough township of Nyanga.
At Kuyasa I know Zuko Mndayi and Thembakazi who decided to take their relationship further by doing a joint venture in burger business “Zuthemba Burger”.
It is time we change the perception of our young people. If they have the guts to walk during the night in the dark, let’s help them to turn those guts into positive energy to creativity, starting businesses and enduring its risks.
We must teach them that they are only limited by their thoughts. I challenge us all to assist the youth with knowledge and limitless opportunities. To the youth I say this: don’t stop, continue. Strive for the better and don’t be afraid to ask. Many people are willing to give. Don’t focus on the now, but the future.