Limpopo Premier and ANC provincial chairman Cassel Mathale told more than 15000 young people that their future looks bright under the tutelage of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).
Mathale was speaking at Youth Day celebrations at the University of Venda.
He said the "formation of the NYDA was the only vital tool for young people in this country to fight underdevelopment, unemployment and skills shortage".
Mathale said young people were the majority of unemployed in the country and that the NYDA was part of the government's attempt to fight the scourge.
He said as the agency gathers stream more young people will have jobs to counter poverty in their families and communities.
"Young people in this country were at the forefront of the struggle against apartheid. Young people were also in the forefront when blacks showed beyond any shadow of doubt that they were capable of leading the country.
"They were also in the forefront during the country's first democratic election in 1994," he said.
Mathale advised young people to draw inspiration from their predecessors of 1976.
He said the 1976 generation were an inspiration because their sacrifice was not for personal gain.
Limpopo provincial Youth Commission chairperson Rodgers Tshivhase praised the government on the strides it had made in providing scholarships for young people at institutions of higher learning, and providing internships and learnership programmes.
There was music and entertainment after the premier's speech.