22nd Youth Brigade Annual General Conference (2000)

22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE IFP YOUTH BRIGADE

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

Emandleni_Matleng: September 3, 2000

RESOLUTION 1: THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE DELIVERY

Conference noting:

  1. the pivotal role that the IFP Youth Brigade needs to play in service delivery and development;
  2. the fact that political liberation alone has not succeeded in redressing the ills of the apartheid legacy; and
  3. that the people are still subjected to abject poverty, ignorance for lack of education, and disease

RESOLVES:

  1. to continue and intensify the true struggle for development, social upliftment, and improved service delivery; and
  2. to mobilise the youth to actively participate in every sphere of society to fulfil its necessary role and responsibility in South Africa’s development.

RESOLUTION 2: THE ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC

Conference noting:

  1. that the HIV/AIDS pandemic affects every South African and is particularly decimating the youth, who are the future leaders of our country;
  2. that our country’s economy and potential is diminished by the spread of this disease; and
  3. that a lack of information is the main obstacle to curbing the spread of this disease

RESOLVES:

  1. that the spread of this disease must be fought primarily at the local level, within communities, in partnership with government and civic institutions;
  2. to instruct the leadership of the Youth Brigade to initiate a comprehensive programme of prevention which focuses on responsible behaviour;
  3. to create local HIV/AIDS help desks to provide information and promote awareness; and
  4. to consult with international youth organisations in order to explore various strategies that could be employed in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

RESOLUTION 3: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

Conference noting:

  1. that youth development programmes form an integral part of the struggle for development; and
  2. co-ordination among South Africa’s youth in developing programmes has been ineffective and insufficient

RESOLVES:

  1. to promote greater visibility, participation and leadership of IFP youth in the various youth programmes and fora; and
  2. to lead by example by engaging in voluntary work within their communities.

RESOLUTION 4: THE STATUS OF YOUNG WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICA

Conference noting:

  1. the essential role that our young women have to play in the development of our country; and
  2. that equality has been written into our legislation, but has not yet been fully translated into reality

RESOLVES:

  1. to encourage all young women across the rural_urban divide to take up their rightful place in our society;
  2. to promote self_respect and self_confidence in our young women, enabling them to take control of their own lives; and
  3. to change the mind set and attitudes of young women, enabling them to seize the available opportunities.

RESOLUTION 5: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Conference noting:

  1. the need to engender a spirit of entrepreneurship and promote SMMEs as the engine of economic growth; and
  2. that rural areas are the worst affected by the lack of economic development, culminating in high levels of poverty and unemployment;

RESOLVES:

  1. to request the leadership of the Party to mentor young people in entrepreneurial skills;
  2. to promote the training of young people in life skills and in the technical field;
  3. to promote the creation of business and technological centres to equip the youth with the necessary skills;
  4. to encourage personal savings through the creation of village banks;
  5. to negotiate mechanisms to release venture capital;
  6. to encourage Chambers of Business to involve young people in their activities; and
  7. to encourage our youth to be “job creators” rather than “job seekers.”

RESOLUTION 6: SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING FOR FUNCTIONAL CITIZENSHIP

Conference noting:

  1. that education is the prime tool for liberation;
  2. that human capital will be the primary commodity of the 21st century;
  3. that the national education policy does not provide for provincial autonomy to develop their own curricula and budgets; and
  4. that the principles of self_help and self_reliance are the pillars of a prosperous society.

RESOLVES:

  1. to prepare the IFP youth for their role of leadership in skills development and capacity building;
  2. to promote the development of skills centres and access to life_long learning programmes through regional bodies, NGOs and government;and
  3. to encourage the youth to become involved in voluntary in_service training to promote the revolution of goodwill.

RESOLUTION 7: YOUTH IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME

Conference noting:

  1. that the IFP Youth Brigade rejects all elements of criminality;
  2. that crime undermines trade, investment and our quality of life;
  3. that youth are particularly susceptible to the temptation of committing crime; and
  4. that youth need to become involved in community policing fora

RESOLVES:

  1. to request prominent figures to address the youth to re_inspire a commitment to law and order, and respect for authority;
  2. to establish Revolution of Goodwill desks at branch level which report on a regular basis to its principle structures; and
  3. to promote moral values in families and communities inspired by the spirit of Ubuntu _ Botho.

RESOLUTION 8: THE ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN PROMOTING PEACE, RECONCILIATION AND POLITICAL TOLERANCE

Conference noting:

  1. that peace and reconciliation are prerequisites to development;
  2. that this generation has a responsibility to advance the progress already achieved in the peace negotiations, and acknowledging the IFP’s consistent commitment to this process

RESOLVES:

  1. to seek joint cultural activities amongst the youth of South Africa to promote a better understanding and tolerance of one another; and
  2. that the IFP Youth Brigade must lead dialogue between all political parties to promote peaceful co_existence.

RESOLUTION 9: THE ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

Conference noting:

  1. that the IFP youth has a vital role to play in preparation for the forthcoming elections;
  2. that the IFP youth has the energy, dynamism and the will to secure an IFP victory; and
  3. that the youth should raise a standard for development of the individual, the family, the community and the nation

RESOLVES:

  1. to rise to the challenge of the President to unleash the full potential of the IFP Youth Brigade to take the message of the IFP into all corners of the nation;
  2. to ensure that Party agents remain committed to serving their constituencies; and
  3. to encourage the youth to voluntarily avail themselves to serve as Party agent and make the IFP presence prominent at all polling stations.

RESOLUTION 10: THE PRESIDENT OF THE PARTY

Conference noting:

  1. the heartfelt gratitude and admiration of the IFP Youth Brigade for the magnificent leadership of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi; and
  2. the President’s stature both here and abroad for his long and distinguished service to our nation

RESOLVES to thank Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi for:

  1. relentlessly pursuing the struggle for development and genuine liberation in South Africa;
  2. accepting the nomination for his re_election to the Presidency of the Party.

And wishes furthermore,

to extend our hopes that he will enjoy a long life, good health and personal happiness.

22ND ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE IFP YOUTH BRIGADE

ELECTION OF NATIONAL EXECUTIVE

ULUNDI : SEPTEMBER 3, 2000

Chairman: Mr MB Khawula
Deputy Chairperson: Ms VZ Magwaza
Secretary: Mr Nketu Katima
Treasurer: Mr SE Nkwanyana
Publicity Secretary: Mr Lucky Mthethwa

Members:

Ms Somikazi Deyi : Western Cape
Mr Tsepo Shabalala : Mpumalanga
Ms Margaret Arnold : Northern Cape
Mr Xolani Mbutho : KwaZulu-Natal