This edition of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Youth South Africans appears at a very difficult time for many young people in our country. The fact that the youth are the greatest victims of unemployment is extremely worrying, because the longer it takes them to find work the less likely it is that they will find the kind of work for which they are trained. If we are to meet the challenges of unemployment and to contribute to an environmentally sustainable future and the creation of affordable technologies we need constant innovation. It always fills us with hope and optimism to see the great things young people are doing in the country, often with nothing more than the support and encouragement of friends.
The National Development Plan is South Africa’s blueprint for the future. Our greatest wish is that, as far as possible, young people will be at the forefront of the implementation of its many facets. Since the future belongs to them, I do not think we shall find more passionate soldiers in the pursuit of our goals. Congratulations to all those who have made this year’s list. We look forward to seeing more great things from you in the future.
Andile Sangqu, Executive Director, Xstrata South Africa