Former president Thabo Mbeki yesterday urged the youth to take up the cause of Africa's renaissance and become more involved in the process.
Addressing hundreds of students and academics at Rhodes University's Africa Day celebrations, Mbeki said the youth had a huge role to play in Africa's renaissance. They should not be afraid to be at the forefront of efforts in this regard.
Africa Day marked many achievements on the continent, including peace-keeping initiatives and promoting political stability in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, Mbeki said.
However, a lack of efforts to push back the frontiers of poverty and underdevelopment remained one of the continent's major challenges. He urged students to mobilise in finding strategic ways to improve conditions on the continent as a whole.
He urged the students not to ignore other African countries. - Sapa