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The Department of Sport Arts and Culture in partnership with Nelson Mandela Museum will host the Youth Imbizo Dialogue to encourage Youth Activism in the fight against Gender Based Violence and Femine & Substance Abuse in their respective communities and schools. The Youth Imbizo Dialogue will be held under the theme: Promoting Activism against GBVF and Substance Abuse.

The recent quarterly report on crime statistics highlights a need for communities, youth to stand up and fight against rape and murder of women and children. The recent increase on statistics of sexual offences reported to the police by 13.7% to 10 818 during the first three months of this year is alarming and worrisome.

“As a museum, we have taken into cognisance challenges of substance abuse, Gender based violence inflicted on women, children. It is the responsibility of legacy projects (Museums named after political stalwarts) to encourage the youth and community members to follow in the footsteps of South Africa political stalwarts. This dialogue will serve as a platform to encourage youth and community to speak out and report on GBV incidents in their communities.

“As Custodians of Nelson Mandela’s values, we have a mandate to utilise platforms of this nature to steer youth and community in a right path. This dialogue will help inspire youth of O.R. Tambo District municipality and South Africa especially young men to become torch bearers of hope, prosperity, harmony, stability, peace, respect and tolerance within their communities,” said Nelson Mandela Museum CEO Dr. Vuyani Booi.

The planned Imbizo Debate will help inspire youth participation in promoting activism against Gender Based Violence and substance abuse in schools and communities. The Youth Imbizo will be made up of various speakers, who will make presentations on different topics.

The panel of speakers are:

  1. Ms. Nobubele Nzima of the Department of Social Development (Family and Modern Challenges)
  2. Chief Minenkulu Joyi, Traditional leadership (Culture and Moral Regeneration)
  3. Mr. Zukisa Gana, Youth (Youth Activism)

On the 15th of June 2022, the Museum and DSAC will host Youth Month Reading programme at Savoy Hotel in Mthatha. The event will feature O.R. Tambo District Municipality active Book Clubs from Port St Johns Local Municipality, Mhlontlo Local Municipality and King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality. Participating book clubs will pay tribute to local authors but not to compete against each other. Two prescribed books will be looked at in a following manner:

  1. Book Reviews: “The Death of Nowongile” by M. Nkasawe and “Intlungu Yevezandlebe” by Mr. Y. Ntwalana
  2. Poetry citing from the book titled “Journey of the Heart” by Mr. M. Nkasawe.
  3. Reading (random selection of the exhibited works)

The Youth Month reading will be held under the national youth month theme: “Promoting sustainable livelihood and resilience of young people in for a better tomorrow”.

Media is welcome

Please send an RSVP to:

Fumanekile Wisani Email: fumanekile@nelsonmandelamuseum.org.za


For more information and interviews contact: Nontlahla Tandwa Dalindyebo, nontlahla@nelsonmandelamuseum.org.za or @ 0727913493