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Thousands Show Up at Youth Festival
Source: Bua News
Source Date: Monday, December 13, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 14, 2010


Among the dignitaries expected to arrive shortly is Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, who will give an opening address ahead of the opening ceremony. President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the event later in the evening.


While the R69 million that went towards organizing the event has been met with fierce criticism, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) chairperson Andile Lungisa said the festival is worth every cent.


“This is an international event, we are talking thousands of people who have been flocking to our country to attend the festival and there is no doubt about the value of the festival…it’s good for South Africa and it’s going to benefit the young people of our country,” he said.


The NYDA had partnered with several institutions to bring the event to South Africa following an intense bidding process.


It said its objective is to unite the youth of the world and mobilise them around the banner of promoting universal principles of peace, freedom and social transformation to create a world free of human rights abuses and creation of sustainable environments. – BuaNews

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