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DPME Drafts Revised National Youth Policy

February 12, 2020

Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

A revised Draft National Youth Policy has been drawn up.

The planning, monitoring and evaluation department published the Draft National Youth Policy (NYP) for 2020-2030 in Government Gazette 42999.

The draft policy focuses on the next ten years to speed up a positive youth development impact.

It is described as a cross-sectoral policy designed to effect positive youth development efforts from local, provincial and national levels in South Africa.

“It is developed by young people, for all young people in South Africa, with the intent to redress the wrongs and injustices of the past and to deal decisively with new and emerging challenges and needs of the country’s youth.”

The latest iteration builds on the previous two versions by improving and updating the earlier policies by “speaking to the new challenges that South Africa’s youth face, while acknowledging that there is more to be done to address the challenges identified in the previous NYP”.

“The policy outlines interventions to enable the optimal development of young people, both as individuals and as members of South African society, enhancing their capabilities to transform the economy and the country.”

The draft policy also points out that the integrated youth development strategy, setting out the implementation process, will be reviewed in the months following government’s adoption of the policy.

In the introduction, the draft policy is characterized as an “advocacy tool that aims to ensure that all levels of society see youth development as a key to the development of the country, and make the necessary investments for long term sustainability”.

The draft policy focuses on the rationale, context and legislation, defining of youth in a South African context, situation analyses and challenges and policy proposals.

Objectives include consolidating and integrating youth development into the mainstream of government policies, programmes and the national budget; building the capacity of young people; contributing to faster economic growth to ensure that two million more young people will be in employment by 2030; strengthen a culture of patriotic citizenship among young people and boost key youth development institutions in delivering youth services.

Policy proposals focus on quality education, skills and second chances; economic transformation, entrepreneurship and job creation; promoting physical and mental health; nation-building and social cohesion and effective and responsive youth development machinery.

An implementation strategy with clear targets is to be devised to ensure that the policy is put into effect.