The newly elected Johannesburg Student Council says the city must take its youth seriously and respect them.
Students from high schools around the city elected 130 students to serve in the council, with six portfolios: health, environment, community development, youth, safety, and transport
"The goal of the council is to get the youth recognised and heard and to give back to the community," said Junior Mayor Stephanie van Straten.
She said that the council would undertake projects to uplift the youth. Van Straten said councillors had to complete individual, portfolio and mayoral projects.
The council would also embark on a project to make Johannesburg greener.
"We want schools to have recycling bins so that students can also implement the idea at their homes," she said.
Tumelo Seshokoane, chairman of community development, said the council would use 2010 fever to promote sport among the youth.
"When young people are involved in sport it is hard for them to use drugs or engage in illegal activities," he said.
Chairman of safety Mogamat Jardine said the council would fight crime and gangsterism in schools with the help of the community.
Transport chairman Zuzile Pondo said her portfolio wanted to encourage the youth to follow careers in engineering.
Van Straten said councillors would be expelled if they failed to do their work.
"But that will not happen because we are all passionate about our tasks," she said. Student Council manager Yusuf Lachporia said the council was designed to produce better citizens.