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Youth forum #engagingtheyouth

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Registration: 17h45 - 18h00

Forum Start Time: 18h00

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cocktails will be served after the event


South Africa's youth have a long and proud history of driving change, both in politics and civil society. In many ways they are a catalyst for change as they highlight the challenges they face with regards to access to, and affordability of, further education; entry into the work force and decent work; through to the lingering discontent regarding service delivery. The youth of our country are also at the forefront of societal issues ranging from the scourge of drugs to complex personal issues such as gender identity and the need for tolerance and acceptance for all. Join us as we engage a group of dynamic young leaders in a stimulating debate as we ask: What does democracy mean for our youth? How do they see the future of South Africa? And, what can we do to better engage young people?


Shaeera Kalla, Deputy President, and then President of the Wits SRC, student activist;

Steven Zwane, founder and chairperson of the non-profit organisation 'Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurship Development'.

Ndumiso Hadebe, Winner of South Africa's most contested youth leadership debate show ONE DAY LEADER Season 2, founder and Managing Director of Master Frontiers Advisory,  Director of Finance for Kusasalethu Investment Solutions (Pty) Ltd, Ndumiso has also served as a Faculty Board, Campus Senate and Institutional Senate member for the North West University;

Neliswa Fente, Mandela Washinghton Fellow, President Obama's flagship program for Young African leaders, OYW Ambassador, WEF Global Shaper and Entrepreneur (SpringAGE co-founder);

Thami Pooe, Current One Day Leader Contender, Allan Gray Fellow, Wits SRC and Buddying Entrepreneur;

Nompumelelo Zinhle Manzini, Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2016), Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow, a One Young World (OYW) Ambassador; one of South Africa's Brightest Young Minds (ByM) 2013 alumni

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