KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu says the concept of an African Renaissance is another way of connecting and uniting race groups from Africa and across the world.
He was speaking in Durban at the launch of the African Renaissance Festival which takes place later this month. Mchunu says young entrepreneurs will benefit as they will be able to share ideas on developing their businesses and job creation in line with this year’s theme which is Entrepreneurs of Africa.
The festival is aimed at empowering young people with knowledge in business and to share ideas with their peers from the continent and across the world.
Premier Mchunu says,“One of the platforms that are available in KwaZulu-Natal is to share views and exchange ideas that affect us as people of this continent, it is the platform provided by the African Renaissance. Sometimes we criticise ourselves that are not many platforms for intellectual work,” says Mchunu.
Programmes for the youth of South Africa will be prioritised. Mchunu says young people will be encouraged to be job creators instead of job seekers.
“Leadership this time around both in the continent and nationally is about strides being taken by economic leadership, ensuring that we strive and succeed in making of people in particular better but also overcome this stigma of Africa lagging behind in everything,”
The chairperson of the African Renaissance Professor Sihawu Ngubane says this is the only concept in Africa which still exists to promote cultural preservation.
“We are the only remaining organisation in South Africa that celebrates Africa Day and African Renaissance. The purpose of the festival is to promote entrepreneurship for young stars, so that we allow them to learn and educate themselves in business and they need to create jobs for themselves”.
Local artists and from the rest of the continent will entertain people at the festival.