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“Working Together for Youth Development and a Drug Free South Africa.”

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The theme for Youth day 2013 is “Working Together for Youth Development and a Drug Free South Africa.” The theme was deprived from government’s decisive action to address substance abuse in Eldorado Park, Gauteng. This after the people in the area brought government closer to the realisation of a drug-free community with the clamp down on drug dens known as “lolly pop lounges”. Government then took note and welcomed the progress made by the police, community leaders and other structures in Eldorado Park under the leadership of the Gauteng Provincial Government. Together they made significant progress in fighting the scourge of substance abuse. We are aware that the situation in Eldorado Park is symptomatic of issues facing many communities in the rest of the country. Thus the theme for Youth day 2013 makes the call on communities throughout the country to lead the fight for a “substance-free” South Africa within their respective areas. Government therefore call on all segments of society to raise the profile of programmes to fight substance abuse.

– By Luvuyo Mdeni

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