In 2015 and 2016, South African young people have challenged the definition of political participation” by extending their political voice beyond voting, party protocols and normative forms of mobilisation. From student protest and the Occupy Luthuli House protest to the active absence from the voting stations as protest, young people have begun to rethink political power through civic engagement.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation will be partnering with the Youth Lab to run a workshop on township-based youth empowerment. The focus will be on developing skills to create climate jobs, and build a sustainable low-carbon political economy. Participants will deliberate on various policy interventions to support the creation of cooperatives, which operate on a sustainable economic model.
The outcomes of this activity will contribute to the current national conversation on reviving township economies in order to address the triple crises of youth unemployment, inequality and poverty.