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The youth’s year of dedication is aknowledged

Umjindi Youth for Christ (UYC) held its year-end function last Sunday afternoon.

The event was held at Emjindini Community Hall and was largely supported by the youth.

According to Sthandiwe Mambane, deputy chairman of UYC, they also took the opportunity to honour those individuals who contributed immensely to the organisation from the beginning of the year.

It comprises youth from all Christian congregations from around Umjindi.

Hazel Mathenjwa receives her certificate from Elvis Nkosi.

Mambane encouraged them to attend such gatherings, as staying closer to God helps them to stay grounded.

“There are so many social ills within our communities. Attending church helps the youth to stay grounded and gives them spiritual guidance. Regular church attendance also helps to increase one’s lifespan,” Mambane stated.

She further thanked contributors who have been assisting them since the beginning of the year.

“We would like to thank all the pastors who didn’t leave us out when we came knocking at their church doors for financial contributions, spiritual guidance and advice. It has not been an easy road. However, thanks to the spiritual assistance from the pastors, we have managed. As we start our next year, we are expecting more support,” added Mambane.

Xolile Zulu receives his certificate from Elvis Nkosi.

The master of ceremony for the event, Thembi Mathebula, a radio presenter at Voice of Hope FM, warned the youth to be on guard during the upcoming season.

“Many lives have been ruined during the festive season. There are two days that make the youth control themselves. This is Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Many youngsters tend to indulge in alcohol and end-up being alcoholics for the rest of their lives. Stay away from bad influences during this period of the year,” Mathebula emphasised.

Elsie Ngwenya receives her certificate from Elvis Nkosi.

Various individuals were handed certificates of recognition during the event. These included Ntokazi Nhlabatsi, Sibusiso Maseko, Xolile Shongwe, Nocolo Zulu, Makhosonke Shongwe, Nathi Mpila, Bongane Zulu, Bhekumuzi Nkosi, Jabulani Ntiwane, Qini Ceko, Hazel Mathenjwa, Mduduzi Khethwane, Bongekile Khoza and Musa Mashabane.

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