Delegates who will represent the City of Johannesburg at the 4th One Young World Summit on Wednesday say they grateful for the opportunity.

Speaking on behalf of all 20 delegates Tebogo Thothela thanked the City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor for giving them an opportunity to represent Johannesburg.

Since 2008 Tebogo has dedicated his time on Sundays and during the June and September holiday in tutoring and mentoring 20 children in the community of Molestane and Tladi in Soweto.

The delegates are made up of young leaders involved in various social projects including health, education, HIV/AIDS, farming, environmental issues.

The young leaders were selected from among over 300 applicants following a rigorous adjudication process. The process took into account, candidates leadership potential, skills, their concerns about current global issues, their ability to articulate views and their participation in community-based and volunteer projects.

The City of Johannesburg delegates will join some 1 200 other youth leaders

The City of Johannesburg delegates will join some 1 200 other youth leaders between the ages of 18 and 30. They will be representing more than 170 countries at the One Young World Summit that will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 2 to 5 October 2013.

Speaking at the media briefing, last week the Executive Mayor, Cllr Parks Tau said , “The City is delighted to host a dynamic charity organisation that has, in four years’ of existence, already made a global impact to prepare young people for future leadership and create global awareness about the most important issues confronting the world” said Tau.

“Johannesburg is an exceptionally youthful city .. and has the potential to create a very dynamic and vibrant society with a strong emphasis on innovation, enterprise and creativity”, he added.

Rich Mkhondo, MTN Group Executive Corporate Affairs said, “MTN Group is excited to be part of the One Young World Summit, we are an African telecommunication company and we are proud to sponsor this summit. We have sponsored so far 66 delegates from Africa”.

– By SABC: Hasina Gori