Coega’s Youth Leadership Development Academy kicks off in KwaZulu-Natal

The 3rd annual Coega Youth Leadership Development Academy(CYLA)aims to provide young leaders with the robust life insight and in-depth content required to lead effectively in a changing society.

STUDENTS from various educational institutions from KwaZulu-Natal took part in a five day leadership development training programme hosted by the Coega Development Corporation, from Monday, 30 June 2014 to the 4th of July, at the Wartburg Hotel in Wartburg, KZN Midlands.

The theme of this year’s programme was “Leadership: The Attitude of the Heart”, and participants were addressed by top South African speakers, such as leading academic Dr Frans Kekana; journalist and author Sandile Memela, seasoned social entrepreneur Sibongile Mosia, and economists and CYLA project managers Njabulo Sithebe and Nomzamo Kolo.

The 40 students who attended this year’s programme are currently studying at the University of Zululand (Unizulu), University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and Mangosuthu University of Technology(MUT).

“The programme aims to provide young leaders with the robust life insight and in-depth contentrequired to lead effectively in a changing society,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC Head of Marketing and Communications.

The students attended leadership training sessions over the week, and were required to complete various assessments.
“This program is also aimed at equipping young people with self-confidence to take up leadership positions and also as a mechanism to promote young people as drivers of social leadership,” said Dr Vilakazi.

Coega recently launched its KZN office where it works with the provincial Department of Education and Social Development. The academy was formulated to respond to the current ills of youth unemployment and underdevelopment.

Asanda Qangule, KwaZulu-Natal Stakeholder Manager said the leadership academy was being held in the province this year to benefit the youth.

“We see this as a major objective to align the academy’s programme to speak to governments focus on socio-economic development, especially amongst the youth.I attended the KZN State of the Province Address by Honourable Premier Senzo Mchunu, interestingly enough part of his speech spoke to youth development. The office of the Premier has decided to take on a number of initiatives on youth development in the next five years. These initiatives will be underlined by five pillars: increase intake of youth in public and private employment programmes; expand learning and skills development opportunities; assistance to youth to fight social ills; supporting youth to participate in strategic sectors of the economy; and youth leadership development,” said Qangule.

Last year the leadership academy was held at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Park in Port Elizabeth and 40 future leaders attended.

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Future leaders: Former Coega Development Corporation intern, Lubabalo Banzana (inset), found last year’s Coega Youth Leadership Development Academy empowering. This year’s 3rd annual Coega Youth Leadership Development Academy (CYLDA) training programme took place from Sunday, June 29 to Friday, July 4, at the Wartburg Hotel in Wartburg, KZN Midlands.