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Daring younGsters

By Victor Mecoamere | Apr 26, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

YOU come across as being truly daring when you attain the impossible by thinking the absurd, looking where everyone else has looked and seeing what no one else has seen.

YOU come across as being truly daring when you attain the impossible by thinking the absurd, looking where everyone else has looked and seeing what no one else has seen.

They come across as more than daring in the Anglo American and Sowetan Young Communicators Awards.

It is a public speaking campaign that hosts and conducts well-supported, positive life-altering life skills workshops that encourage youths to debate social, political and economic ills, challenges and hazard possible solutions, while also affirming provincial and national finalists with participation certificates and rewarding the top three national finalists with bursaries.

Among the prominent public figures who have emerged from the campaign's "leadership factory" are movie and television actor, musician and community worker Bongonkosi Dlamini, popularly known as Zola 7 and dynamic radio and television journalist and talk-show host Asanda Magaqa.

"With a plethora of gifted young people in our country a competition of this nature can encourage our youths to be exposed to leadership roles now and later on in life," Anglo American South Africa's executive director Godfrey Gomwe said this week.

Essentially, the YCA - from asking participants to research and present prepared speeches and take part in panel discussions like legislators, parliamentarians and corporate leaders in boardrooms - seeks to meet the following objectives:

l Encourage proficiency in English, the generally accepted language of business and academia, by promoting the core principles of good speech-making and presentation skills;

l Encourage a pioneering spirit among the young people of South Africa;

l Embrace the concept of Nation Building, which seeks to empower people to take control of their lives and make a meaningful contribution to their communities;

l Encourage young people to address key issues facing their communities and the country and to find solutions to these issues;

l Prepare South Africa's learners for the professional working environment; and

l Nurture assertiveness and confidence among our young people, our leaders of the future

This is one of Anglo American's corporate social investment and responsibility activities. It is one of Sowetan and the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation's youth development activities.

For the Department of Education it is the most effective youth-led public speaking campaigns. It is also sen as the best platform for the National Parliament's flagship project, Taking Parliament to the People.

Significantly, Gauteng, Northern Cape, Kwazulu Natal, Limpopo and North West have approved their legislatures to be used as the venues for the YCA's provincial contests

l Provincial heats will be held across South Africa from May 8 to July 31, while the national finals will be held in Johanesburg on August 20.


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