IRR report on the 'born frees': Buti Manamela responds

Deputy minister says it is outlandish to suggest govt's policy of redressing racial imbalances is perpetuating a sense of victimhood and entitlement

The Presidency notes the report by the Institute of Race Relations

30 April 2015

Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Youth Development as well as Administration, Buti Manamela has noted the report by the South African Institute of Race relations titled “Born Free but still in chains”.

Deputy Minister would like to place it on record that the definition of youth in the South African context is 15-35 years. Government policies are therefore created to address the needs interests and aspirations of that demographic.

Through the National Youth Policy 2015 – 2020 (NYP2020) which is a set of government’s commitments in advancing youth development, a number of policy proposals have been made to ensure that young people are provided an enabling ground for upliftment and development.

As stated in the situation analysis of the NYP2020, government concedes to the myriad challenges that face South Africa’s youth 21 years since the advent of freedom and democracy and is providing solutions to address the challenges through various policy proposals.

Government is committed to building youth that is educated and skilled, actively participating in the economy, healthy as well as socially cohesive.

Furthermore NYP2020 will be accompanied by an integrated youth development strategy to ensure that the youth policy is implemented by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), all three spheres of government as well at State-Owned Enterprises. 

“Youth development is everybody’s business, government, business, civil society, therefore we should all work together to provide a hand-up to young people because a youth that is not productive will be to the detriment of all of society” said Deputy Minister Manamela.

Recent statistics have painted a picture that indicates that black South Africans are still missing out on essential skills while young white and colored people are soaring in gaining skills.

To suggest that steps taken to redress the imbalances of the past is racial profiling that perpetuates a sense of victimhood and entitlement is outlandish. This government will continue in their quest to level the playing fields and ensure that young black South Africans are provided the same opportunities as white youth.

The young people of South Africa can rest assured in the knowledge that this government is working for them because they are the future of South Africa.

Statement issued by Matshepo Seedat, The Presidency, April 30 2015