Uutoni urges SADC youth to unite and fight poverty

13 Dec 2018 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) - Minister of Sports, Youth and National Services Erastus Uutoni has urged youth from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to unite and fight issues affecting them such as poverty and high unemployment.
Uutoni made these remarks when he officially opened the SADC Youth Forum in the capital on Thursday.
He noted that most young people in the region are working in isolation, which does not help in addressing the challenges they are facing.
“We need to come together and tackle these issues challenging our growth. We are growing slowly and majority of us have slow steps [sic] because we are not united,” said Uutoni.
The minster also discouraged the regional youth from depending on other regions for intellectual and material support.
“We should not allow other people to come from other regions and countries to do things in order to depend on them,” the minister warned.
Uutoni further urged governments to consider ideas from youth leaders and let them pave their future as they are not only leaders of tomorrow, but leaders of today.
The minister could not hide his disappointment in African countries wearing Asian-made T-shirts at the regional youth games currently taking place in Botswana; something he attributes to a lack of innovation among the regional youth.
The forum, which is themed ‘Promoting infrastructure development and youth empowerment for sustainable development’ aims to facilitate youth consultations on key issues such as planning on youth development and empowerment.
The forum, which ends Friday, is also expected to provide recommendations for ministerial considerations and approval.