The Executive Mayor, Cllr Bongani Baloyi hosted more than 500 young people from all wards across Midvaal Local Municipality to gather input from the youth who represent the diverse class, background and experience of Midvaal under the theme “Youth in the 4th Industrial Revolution.”
The inaugural youth summit was held on 05 June 2019 at the Meyerton Sports and Conference Centre where the best minds in Technology, the digital economy and Arts spoke on various issues and opportunities that are available for young people.
The 4th Industrial Revolution has the potential to raise income levels and improve the quality of life for all people. Young people were encouraged to reflect on the impact of technology on their everyday challenges and inspired to look for solutions which will benefit them and their communities.
“This summit happens at time where young African people are increasingly realising the power and ability to confront and resolve their own challenges, after all History now confirms what we have known all along that the first digital computer systems were developed in Africa – then who if not us as Africans are more than capable of shaping our own future in the 4th Industrial Revolution” the Executive Mayor said.
The highlight of the summit was the feedback given by young people as they individually and collectively reflected on pertinent issues such as job creation, entrepreneurship, technology driven development and further contributed implementable ideas and projects.
“Young people, let us invest in ourselves and make our communities proud, this is not a dream, but a plan, and I believe that this goal can only be realised if your people are at the forefront of our thinking and planning,” the Executive Mayor concluded.