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Youth urged to attend free Green Youth Indaba at CSIR

The indaba was expected to bring together more than 700 exceptional youths under one roof joined by a panel of experts as well as government and private sector stakeholders.

The youth have been urged to attend the sixth annual two-day Green Youth Indaba at the CSIR convention centre starting tomorrow.

The indaba would be held to commemorate the June youth month under the theme ’sustainable development and youth unemployment through green skills’.

Green Youth Network director Thabo Motlhabani said the indaba was a programme of the Green Youth Network NPC and TOSACA Media Group, “which is developing a network, currently of over 10 000 young leaders from across South Africa specially selected by their universities, municipalities, and organisations based on the different environmentally friendly initiatives the youth are active in”.

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He said they would gather to help generate solutions to the environmental challenges faced by the world.

“The indaba aims to go beyond exploring opportunities for youth within the green economy. It wants to explore and unpack strategies that can create support and funding for green innovation and the skills transfer needed to eradicate youth unemployment and poverty.

“Our youth are building a better future for all South Africans. We hope that in co-sponsoring this event we will be able to do our part in helping young entrepreneurs, many of whom will be our future leaders,” said Motlhabani.

The indaba was expected to bring together more than 700 exceptional youths under one roof joined by a panel of experts as well as government and private sector stakeholders.

“The panel will discuss the most pressing environmental issues, skills development, green economy, waste management, water conservation, renewable energy, fourth industrial revolution and technology advancement as well as green opportunities for youth within government, private sector and cities in South Africa.”

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The indaba would also feature well-known young industry leaders as key speakers with breakaway sessions and workshops.

The keynote speakers include Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa, environmental affairs minister Barbara Creecy, small business development minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, deputy minister of higher education, science and technology Buti Manamela; CEO of water research commission Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO of Standard Bank Tututwa community foundation Zanele Thwala and CEO of Seda Mandisa Tshikwatamba.

The indaba would also feature the green innovation pitch 6.0 which gives platform and exposure to young entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to a Pan African panel of investors, innovators and industry experts.

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