Prof De Visser delivers key note at Youth Summit

Prof Jaap de Visser delivered the key note address at a Youth Summit organised by the Drakenstein Municipality. The Summit focused on the role of the youth in local government.

Prof De Visser warned that, as a country, we are at risk of failing our youth. The statistics on the health of young people, youth unemployment, child nutrition and youth at risk are a source of great concern.

At the same time, there are great opportunities for municipalities to make a difference in youth development despite the fact that the recently adopted National Youth Development Policy hardly mentions the role of municipalities.

He encouraged the youth to engage with the municipality to ensure that it takes the right decisions that benefit young people and to hold the municipality accountable.