As we come to the end of youth month, I would like to wish you strength and joy in your studies and in your lives. I would like to encourage you to look after your physical and mental health, and to reach out for support when you need it. Help others, and ask for help when you need it.
We truly need the energy and creativity of you, our youth, in South Africa and globally, if we are to successfully navigate challenges like climate change, economic inclusion and conflicts between countries.
I urge you to take part in building and maintaining a strong, prosperous democracy that works for all South Africans, and that serves as a beacon to other countries.
This week I was fortunate to hear life lessons from a number of business leaders and inspirational figures, and what struck me was how many of them said something similar: ‘keep trying, show up and do your best, you will sometimes fail, but don’t be afraid, learn from your setbacks.’
I wish you all the best in the second half of this year.
Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe
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