Cape Town, Wednesday 16 November 2016 – The Play Your Part initiative partnered with the College of Cape Town to inspire young graduates to play their part and contribute towards progressive change.
The College of Cape Town was the stage for Play Your Part to address young people on active citizenship and to “start doing” in order to contribute actively and positively towards the development of their communities with their acquired skills.
The graduates were motivated by Play Your Part Ambassador and founder of the Young Social Entrepreneur Academy Ms Zanele Mabaso who said: “Investing in young people is vital, you are the ambassadors for this country. Lead with excellence and give more than what is required of you, innovate and inspire you have the potential to change the country, play your part.”
Further inspiring stories were shared by active citizens of the Western Cape such as International Youth Foundation Programme and Training Manager Ms Anusha Naicker and Ms Rahima Loghdey from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, One Day Leader Alumni Ms Samantha Beynon also shared leadership pointers saying, “young people need to rise to the occasion and lead”.
Asimahle Wright, student graduating in Business Management in NQF Level 6 said, “I am very happy and proud of myself and other students graduating today because we have worked very hard to be here. The speakers left me in tears and they spoke powerfully and reminded me not to take things for granted and that we need to look and create opportunities for ourselves and others. I am playing my part by motivating children in my community and to keep them away from drugs”.
Ms Carroll Bower a Business Women concluded the conversations in saying, “We are proud of you, young people are the generation to save us all. The education you attained today isn’t only for yourselves but for your communities. Spread your knowledge towards helping your communities and encourage the spirit of “WE”- Ubuntu ngumuntu ngaantu and play your part.”
One Day Leader Alumni Sanda Ncama closed the activation with a two-minute saxophone jazz performance and congratulated the students and further emphasised that everyone needs to play their part.
Brand South Africa will later today host its Provincial Workshop programme to stakeholders at the Pepperclub Hotel and Spa in Cape Town. The workshop will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to participate in conversations on the Nation Brand.
The programme objectives are to build awareness amongst stakeholders on the importance of a positive Nation Brand for the country’s value proposition. The conversations will be led by Brand South Africa, The Department of Trade and Industry as well as The Department of the Premier. Participants will also participate in the Nation Brand Masterclass during the workshop.
Brand South Africa’s national programmes will be heading to the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.
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