Today’s youth are facing a lot of challenges, which may be different, but they are equally as big. These include drugs, unemployment, teenage pregnancy, the HIV pandemic and illiteracy. Mrs. Shameen Thakur Rajbansi, Leader of the Minority Front encourages that we work through these challenges, evaluate and acknowledge progress made to celebrate those who have played a vital role in getting us here.
The Minority Front has been built by Youth leaders. The founder and late leader Mr Amichand Rajbansi had started his political career at the age of 12. The current leader, Mrs Shameen Thakur Rajbansi entered parliament in 1999, as a youth. Therefore, the Minority Front encourages all youth to become politically active in a constructive and responsible way.
As we strive towards a non-racial society with a constitution aimed at protecting the human rights of all, we still grapple with the legacy of the socio-economic divisions caused by the deep scars of the past. The youth need to take advantage of the initiatives and programmes of government relating to study assistance, empowerment and work experience so that we can progress meaningfully. The Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, addresses the core issues of unemployment, poverty, education, social cohesion and inequality and together with other initiatives and programmes, aimed to empower our youth.
Mrs. Rajbansi reminds all youth of Mr Rajbansi’s words “The youth are the life-blood of a country.” The Minority Front therefore pledges its continued support to cultural diversity; youth and community development; multilinguism and the creative industries. To further improve oneself and leave an indelible mark to continually improve South Africa, she encourages all youth to register to vote in the 2019 General Elections.