Unruly youth vex Olopeng


PALAPYE: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng, has bemoaned misuse of funds awarded to youth, intended for entrepreneurial development.

Speaking at the Ministry’s Open Day held in Palapye last Friday, Olopeng said some youth deliberately disrupt government’s efforts to help them improve their lives.  “I am worried about the behaviour of some youths who are funded under different government youth initiatives only to misuse the funds that others so desperately need,” he said.

Olopeng complained that some youth establish businesses, only to quit without notifying government. The minister appealed to traditional leaders and elders in Palapye to motivate youth, and encourage them to take heed of their lives and make responsible decisions. He also advised traditional leaders to set up a cultural day in Palapye, asserting that through such an initiative, youth could learn more about their roots and culture, instead of adopting western cultures. “Culture could give the youth personal understanding and help turn around the undesirable elements,” he added.

Olopeng also said the ministry was also considering ways to support arts and culture, in order to encourage youth to develop their talent.  “I encourage you to engage in the arts to develop your talent and adopt a business-like and professional approach. Commercialisation of the arts will create employment opportunities for you. I also want to inform you that this Ministry is also looking at setting up a platform where we will support and develop arts and culture,” he said.

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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