SA: Youth encouraged to read NDP

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

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Pretoria – Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has encouraged young people to read the National Development Plan saying it outlines the skills the country needs to move forward.

Addressing students from the Tshwane University of Technology’ at the Ga-Rankuwa campus, Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams said it was important for young people to know what skills the country needed to avoid studying for a qualification that will result in them struggling to find employment.

“You must be a different generation of cadres, the cadres that understand what the market requires, the cadres that understand that we have passed the revolutionary stage as we are now in government,” she said.

Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams said acquiring an education was not only about getting employed but also about creating employment.

“We educate you so that you can gain knowledge so that you can use to it to … contribute to the economic growth of the country,” she said.

Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams told students to be a forward-thinking generation.

While she acknowledged that there were challenges at higher learning institutions with regards to access to education, she discouraged the students from cheating the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Students who were cheating the scheme, knowing the criteria of the scheme, were depriving other young people access to education, Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams said.

“It is very important that like the generations that became before us we also make our own mark looking into at the interests of the next generation,” she said.

Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams said it was important for the beneficiaries of NSFAS to pay off their loans when they were employed so that the budget for the financial aid can be increased.

She was addressing a young women and men gala dinner under the theme: “Empowering Young Women and Men to lead changes and social justice”.

Thabang Mashilo, who delivered a motivational address, encouraged students to embrace their purpose, respect their gift and craft.

“If you do not locate your gift, if you don’t locate your talent you will forever be faceless and when you are faceless you don’t have foresight, when you are faceless you operate with intelligence and not wisdom,” Mashilo said.

She encouraged students to work hard towards achieving their dreams.

“Another key thing is that you need to control your expectations, sometimes we expect 90 percent in greatness but we are not willing to work for it.

“We are not willing to pay the price, paying the price does not mean that it’s painful it just means that it is a process,” Mashilo said.