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Minister: Lindiwe Zulu
Deputy Minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
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Thursday, 24 January 2019

30 October 2018:  A heatwave that has been a source for immense conversation has not deterred 1000 youth from attending the Annual Youth Camp hosted by the Department of Social Development in partnership with the Department of Defence in Bloemfontein – Free State; Potchefstroom – North West Province and Kimberley – Northern Cape.

By yesterday, it was all systems go for the youth in the North West Province who, before being addressed by MEC for Social Development in the Province, Mr Hoffman Galeng, had already been made aware of their platoons and what the order of the camp would be. The Department of Defence, apart from hosting the camps on the respective Military Bases in the provinces, also serves as the disciplinary authority.

The youth are woken up by members of the South African Defence Force at 5am every morning to clean up their bungalows, shower and get on the field for exercises before the day officially kicks off.

Launched in 2012, the Annual Youth Camps give the youth the platform and opportunity to discuss issues that they are experiencing in their communities. Some of the key dialogues which will be conducted during the camps will be to enable the youth to discuss solutions to societal ills that they face.  These include issues of unemployment, HIV infection rates, sustainable development, the rights of persons with disabilities and gender-based violence.

They youth also gain skills in various key personal-development areas including business and basic communication.

More than 10 000 young people have participated in youth camp activities since its inception. Most of the youth continue to be active agents of change in their communities and will be giving testimonials during the camps. 

Speaking to the youth of North West, MEC for Social Development in the Province, Mr Hoffman Galeng, said the youth need to believe in themselves. “One of the most important values is to be proud of yourself and to embrace all humanity,” he said.

The Executive Mayor, Mr Kgotso Khumalo, echoed the MEC’s sentiments, adding that the youth should remain focused. “The only difference between those who make it and those who don’t is discipline, dedication and commitment,” he said.

Today, it is level playing ground with youth from the Free State and Northern Cape also officially kick-starting their Youth Camp Programme.

The youth camps will run over a four-week period with three week-long camps taking place concurrently in different provinces. The first camp, which was held in Kimberly - Northern Cape, was to train mentors in conducting effective camps throughout the country.

“I am looking forward to this provincial camp because I believe it will inform, empower and develop the lives of young people in the North West. One can’t pour from an empty cup. This camp will give the youth a foundation from which to base their decisions,” said Amandla Kuse (28) who is a Youth Development Practitioner from Inqaba Yokulinda, a Gauteng-based youth organisation.

The Youth of North West register for the seven-day Youth Camp upon arrival at the Military Base.

Free State youth assembling at the Special Service Battalion sports field for security clearance.

Part of the daily routine at the Youth Camps includes early morning physical exercise.

Members of the media are invited to join the Youth Camps from 30 October to 03 November as follows:

Free State
Time: 09:00
Venue: 1 Special Service Battalion, Bloemfontein

Northern Cape
Time: 09:00
Venue: Air Defence Artillery School, Kimberley 

North West
Time: 09:00
Venue: Department of Defence SA Air Defence, 4 Artillery Regiment, Potchefstroom 

Media can RSVP to Mr Jaconia Kobue on 063 249 5120 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mr Justice Malapane on 066 480 6849 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Media inquiries may be directed to Ms Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it