“Through the Youth Camp programme, one learned amongst other things how to unite and form cooperatives, youth clubs as well as drafting of business plans, equipped with relevant skills and knowledge to become agent of change in our respective communities and so that in return we can be able to contribute towards a prosperous South Africa”.

This was the word of young Thabo Ramohlale on his reflection on the impact of 2019 youth camp. The 28-year-old from Germiston in Ekurhuleni who established his own company called Legendary.Ink stole the show when he scoops two accolades on the night of closing ceremony. He won the best mentees category and best company respectively.

He said although his small company was struggling to stand he believes that with the skills received from the youth camp now it will be a different story. His Legendary.Ink company is a clothing brand company and it also assist orphanage children with school work.

Ramohlale said Youth Camp Programme gives the youth a platform and opportunity to discuss issues they are experiencing in their communities. He applauded the government for showing such enormous support for youth.

“You are given a platform to conduct dialogues on topical issues that affect you and your communities, with a view of identifying root causes and developing strategic solutions to address them. It was such a great experience and I wish government can continue doing it”, Ramohlale said.

The youth also gained skills in various key personal development areas, including business and basic communication. This will help address many problems and social ills that continue to confront young people of this great country.

“Young people of employable age remain unemployed and are vulnerable to chronic diseases such as HIV and Aids pandemic and the scourge of alcohol and substance abuse, so I deeply believe that this camp can make a urge difference, it can revive the hopes of young people”.

After the camp, he said he personally feels empowered and prepared to make an active contribution towards sustainable economic environment through community projects. He encourages his fellow campers to form partnership among themselves using the skills they have acquired at the camp.

“I am now a different person equipped with invaluable knowledge that will help us in starting our own businesses”

Source: Gauteng Province