As part of a recent event organised by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), youth from all nine provinces gathered at The Morula Casino and Hotel in Mabopane outside of Pretoria.
Youth representatives reported that teenage pregnancy, education and access to health care were among the most pressing issues for the country’s young people.
Deputy Minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said that addressing these issues as well as ensuring economic opportunities was key to harnessing youth’s potential.
“When young people claim their right to health, education and decent working conditions they become a powerful force to reckon (with),” she said.
Limpopo youth delegate Given Mutale said that the gathering was very informative.
UNFPA South Africa Country Representative Dr Esther Muia said the United Nations agency was looking give South African youth a voice and has launched a Facebook page to engage with young people in the country.
World Population Day is marked annually on 11 July.