By Lwazi Nongauza
Five Activators are set to lead a global simulcast African Youth Entrepreneurship Day (AYED) conference. Young African people will pave a new African youth policy at Vaal University of Technology on the 3 June.
Among other things, the fifth annual upcoming conference aims to promote social, economic, gender equity fair employment strategies through African youth entrepreneurship dialogues and strategies. Adopting the recent collective African youth entrepreneurship in development policy advocacy resolutions which was signed by AYED member states (like Ghana, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia and Kenya) is one of the key milestones the event is set to finalize.
The highly digital infrastructure setup that will see their countries joining the proceedings that will be led by the five (Zandile Lephoto, Mordecai Sizolwenkosi Ndlovu, Reynard Mathews, Onwaba Ngumla and Andile Nala) South African based social change drivers.
One of the South African leg event organizers Lephoto explains one of the core reasons AYED is advocating for more flexible environment that allows underpaid and physically challenged unemployed youth to acquire relevant job market skills empowerment opportunities that their lives
‘’Our participation is informed by our constituency which commands us to continue fighting for social justice (more especially at the work place) for people living with disability. The sad reality is, it doesn’t matter how qualified and competent physically challenged can be, this continent prejudice job market space still do not get jobs. Those who do are either used for fronting and shockingly get paid 60% less than the conventional so called abled body people. That’s why I as young leader advocate for in AYED platform.’’ she said
African Youth Entrepreneurship Day executive member Mordecai Sizolwenkosi Ndlovu said social change drivers who find relevance in the initiative can join to come and attend but for those who are far from Vaal University of Technology can digital join by watching the live stream videos at the comfort of their homes are offices but most importantly sign endorsement petitions here
‘’Any form of support (more especially signing of petition) by fellow Activators is always welcomed. Our win is their win because besides anything else, we are in this social justice struggle together’’