DURBAN, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted the critical role that Africa's youth will need to play in the economic regeneration of the continent.
Addressing the African Renaissance Conference in Durban on Africa Day, Thursday, he said Africa needs to develop areas such as trade, infrastructure and skills to empower its people.
Continental development will come by affirming the self-worth for individuals and the greater collective, he added. "This gathering should be about affirming our individual and collective self-worth as a people, but also about our determination to develop our continent through innovative entrepreneurship."
Ramaphosa encouraged the youth to remember the sacrifices of their forefathers who fought for democracy across the continent.
"We are the continent where innovation originated. The young people of this continent must know that innovative talent originated in Africa and that they share an affinity with the civilizations of Egypt, Timbuktu, Mapungubwe and the great Zimbabwe," he said.
"The entrepreneurship that resided in this continent and was exported to the rest of the world is what we now need to dig up in African soil."
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK