Cabinet approves National Youth Policy

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pretoria - Cabinet on Tuesday approved the National Youth Policy (NYP) for 2009-2014.

The National Youth Policy lays a foundation for the advancement of youth development in the country by all different role players.

The National Youth Commission led the process of developing the NYP 2009-2014 which was broadly consulted with different relevant stakeholders

According to a statement by the Presidency on Tuesday, the policy intends to identify gaps in youth development, strengthen the existing interventions, introduce new ones and shed those that do not work. It also specifies services rendered, extends coverage and increases impact.

"The policy will also identify imperatives and make recommendations on key youth development interventions on the following areas: education, economic participation, health, social cohesion, national youth service, and youth work," said the Presidency.

The National Youth Development Agency and different role players in government, non-governmental organisations and private sectors at national, provincial and local levels would ensure the implementation of the National Youth Policy in a cohesive, seamless and integrated manner while the Presidency will coordinate and monitor.

The Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang will on Thursday induct the Board Members of the newly established National Youth Development Agency.