andile lungisa.jpgYouth in Southern Africa will launch the SADC Youth Union in November to spearhead youth development and empowerment in the region.

This was announced by Vice Chairperson of the Pan African Youth Council, who is also South Africa’s Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency, Mr Andile Lungisa at a cocktail party for SADC youth councils in Harare.

According to the Pan African Youth Council, the SADC Youth Union will be launched in Botswana on the 15th of November.


The SADC Youth Union will act as a voice to conscientise heads of state and government on the empowerment needs of youths in Southern Africa.


The Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, said young people should take advantage of the political will that has been shown by their leaders in coming up with a youth empowerment policy, while his deputy, Mr Tongai Matutu, said youths should be united and speak with one voice on issues that affect them.



The cocktail was preceded by a meeting between SADC National Youth Councils, where representatives from Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa deliberated on the establishment of the Union.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, in partnership with a local pension firm, has secured one million dollars for every province to fund youth projects.


Youth provincial structures that are apolitical have already started being set up to preside over the disbursement of the funds.