TWENTY YEAR REVIEW SOUTH AFRICA 1994 – 2014
Explicitly, the term “youth” is expressed in various ways according to different organisational perspectives. It denotes a category of people defined in terms of their stage of development between childhood and adulthood. The United Nations General Assembly (2005:23) describes the youth as the population between 15 and 24 years. In South Africa, the youth is defined as the population between 15 and 35 years. In defence of the extended age category, the National Youth Commission (NYC) Act of 1996 asserts as follows:
“The essence of these was that many of the older youth, most of whom were disadvantaged by their role in the struggle against apartheid, needed to be included in the youth development initiative”.