Cape Town: Wednesday, 02 June 2010
The World Cup Soccer tournament is an opportunity
for successful teams of various nations of the world to display the
talent of their youth. The tournament has undoubtedly become one of
the premier opportunities for various nations of the world to
display their national unity, cohesion and pride.
The 2010 World Cup takes place in our country, the
first of its kind in the Continent of Africa. This is a moment of
great significance and it indeed instils in all of us a great sense
of pride and contentment to be able to host the world-renowned
Successful nations invest a lot in their youth
because they realise that the youth are the future of every nation.
They do not only do so in the area of sport but they do so
holistically in the overall development of their youth, be it in
education, skills development and training, health etc.
Therefore, it is important to contextualise the
standard of performance of our national team, Bafana Bafana as it,
truly, reflects somewhat our nation's contribution towards the
development of our youth.
Naheng ena re theile NYDA ho etella pele matsete a
naha ya rona ntshetsopeleng e phethahetseng ya batjha Aforika Borwa.
Se re ngongorehisang haholo ke hore ha re eso utlwe kapa ho bona
mananeo afe kapa afe a thakgotsweng ke National Youth Development
Agency a reretsweng ho sebetsa le FIFA ho thakgola mananeo a
ntshetsopele ya batjha.
This Parliament appropriates huge chunks of money
towards education and the majority of the beneficiaries in this
regard are the youth. Apart from this, there are other programmes
across government from which youth benefit.
While we recognise this reality, the fact is that
there is still a lot to do to enable our youth who, for no fault of
their own, were bypassed by development and now need to catch up. We
need to be mindful of the statistical reality that the majority of
the citizens of this country are both female and young people. These
two segments of our society are the most marginalised.
Statistics recently quoted in the Business Day are
frightening that, 2.5 million youth aged 18 to 24 are neither
working nor in any kind of education or training. Most have dropped
out of school early, only 46% stayed in school long enough to write
matric, and only 60% passed.
South Africa's rate of unemployment is estimated
at 26%, which means that about 6 million South Africans who are able
and willing to work are unemployed, and youth make up 70% of this
The IFP feels that it is therefore important to
look at what impact the 2010 World Cup will have on youth
development and whether it will deliver on the hopes and dreams of
the millions of unemployed young people nationwide.
Many critics have claimed that South Africa should
have been spending more, not on expensive soccer stadia, but on more
pressing issues such as eradicating poverty and fighting the
HIV/AIDS epidemic. The IFP is of the view that while the Soccer
World Cup is going to create some jobs, not enough has been done to
ensure that the World Cup will have a lasting effect on Youth
Development in South Africa.
Youth development remains one of the complex
challenges facing democratic South Africa. Sixteen years after
transition to democracy, it is young people, who are most severely
affected by negative socio- economic factors such as HIV / Aids,
high level of unemployment, poverty, unplanned pregnancies and lack
of participation in political and economic development processes.
Mothating ona, ka Mohope wa Lefatshe le kamora
wona, mekga ya bohanyetsi le mekgatlo ya batjha e na le monyetla o
fetang yohle e kileng ya ba teng, wa ho sebetsa mmoho ho rarolla
diphephetso tseo batjha ba tobaneng le tsona naheng ya rona.
Ho hlokeha sebete le boitshepo ho ntshetsapele
sepheo se le seng sa ho netefatsa hore batjha ba naha ena ba nka
seabo ka ho lekana moruong le dipolotiking.
Let us therefore recognise that even though there
will be some benefit for our youth through the hosting of this
soccer extravaganza, we must use this opportunity to utilize the
power of football to build a bright future for our youth beyond the
2010 World Cup. This is an African journey of hope. The IFP hopes
that it will not only serve a strong nation-building effort but that
it will refocus our efforts on the urgent need for youth
Ha ke diela dikgala, IFP e lakaletsa Bafana Bafana
katleho. Re kgothalletsa batjha ho tswa ka makgalo ho ya tshehetsa
dipapadi tsena tsa bolo tsa pele tsa mofuta wa tsona. Dikgomo!
Contact: Ms Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi MP, 078 186 3619.