CAPE TOWN - President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday night said South African government wanted young people to be at the epicentre of the country’s economic activity and that the government was biased in favour of the development of young people.
“Twenty five years into our democracy, we have a situation in our country where the young are facing a real challenge, almost a crisis, and, in fact, a crisis. But at the same time they have a government which has a bias for the development of young people,” he said.
Ramaphosa addressed about 200 young people from various sectors and formations during a presidential youth dialogue in Parliament, Cape Town, on Wednesday evening.
Organised by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), the dialogue, under the theme “25 years of democracy, celebrating youth activism,” provided a platform for young people to engage firsthand with Ramaphosa ahead of his state-of-the-nation address which takes place on Thursday night.