Minister of Communications engages Khayelitsha youth

The Minister of Communications, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, visited False Bay TVET College’s Khayelitsha Campus on 25 May 2017, as part of her pre-Budget Vote outreach and to help commemorate Africa Day.


Ms Karin Hendricks Minister Ayanda Dlodlo with FBC Hospitality TeamThe public lecture was attended by representatives of local community structures, Department of Communications affiliates the SABC, SA Post Office, the Metro Youth Council, the Khayelitsha Development Forum and youth from Khayelitsha.

As the theme of her address Ms Dlodlo chose ‘What role our history plays in the building of a better Africa and a better world’. She said, “This topic is close to my heart, firstly because I am passionate about Africa and its history.”

Minister Dlodlo explained how Africa Day was inspired by the historic first meeting of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963.  At that time, there were only a few countries that had been liberated from colonial rule. The Minister reminded the youth in the audience that their privilege to live in a liberated and democratic country was partly due to the support that African countries gave South Africa’s liberation movements.

Minister Dlodlo raised the issues of xenophobia and the difficulties faced by refugees who sought asylum in South Africa. She urged the youth to show solidarity with other Africans and welcome them as we were once welcomed in their countries of origin.

In closing she encouraged the youth to rise to the challenge of leadership and take advantage of their education and the many opportunities available to make their contributions to the development of the country.
Minister Dlodlo’s address was well received and was supported by an input from Mr Vuyo Ntlangu of the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (ARESTA).

The students of False Bay TVET College took the stage to showcase their talented choir, and to celebrate the occasion with poetry especially prepared for the event.