Columns 19.9.2013 06:10 am

Youth can shine with a bit of help

In a country where unemployment is currently sitting at just over 25% and university graduates struggle to find jobs, it is admirable that a man who has money to buy himself a small island decides to put that money towards a greater good.

It is reported that billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s charity has pledged $30 million to youth development and youth business development within the next year.

The money will support South African students going to tertiary institutions and support businesses founded by young South Africans by providing grants.

This is good news to any young South African who may be struggling to further their education or get enough financial support to make a business idea come alive.

Many people, especially the youth, are undeniably inspired by Motsepe. A story about a self-made billionaire never gets tired.

It confirms that anyone has the power to change their lives, that today’s challenges in achieving ones goals may one day be a thing of the past.

At 51, Motsepe is South Africa’s first black billionaire, and founder of African Rainbow Minerals. Forbes has his fortune estimated at $2.7 billion.

Young people have a lot to offer. A good example is Sandile Ngcobo, a research scientist who is part of the team of scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) who invented the digital laser.

Also the likes of award-winning designer David Tlale who has managed to make a name for himself in the world of fashion, Comedian Trevor Noah who has made a name for himself overseas, and many other young people who are making their lives a success.

There are young people who throw away opportunities they are given and choose to be looked after by their parents and guardians for a long time, but many of the youth are thirsty to be a somebody in life.

To leave behind a legacy they can be proud of. An unemployed or uneducated young person is in an unfair position in life, denied an opportunity to show the world what they can offer.

Young people have so much to gain when surrounded by focused, wealthy people who have the means to uplift the leaders of tomorrow.

Government and the private sector hold the key to helping young people realise their dreams.

 

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