Youth and Women participation at Local Government

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Join the Mail & Guardian local government elections Critical Thinking Forum in partnership with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung supported by Wits University.

The issue of youth apathy has been consistently raised in previous municipal elections. The general feeling is that youth are not playing the active role they should be on this front. This, coupled with the issue of ageing councillors, remain hotly debated issues. Last year the Cogta department in KwaZulu-Natal announced plans to incentivise older councillors to exit the system while encouraging younger women to play a more active role in the system. This is critical, the more so because Stats SA figures suggest the country’s population is dominated by youth and women — so why should they not play a bigger role in decision making?

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Khaya SitholeKhaya is the radio host for the popular Power Business show on Power FM, a Johannesburg-based radio station. A graduate of UKZN and Oxford University, Khaya’s work in the media arena includes political and economic commentary, corporate events facilitation. Khaya is a regular contributor on politics and finance for eNCA, NewzRoom Afrika, Open News and the SABC and writes weekly columns for the most prominent titles in South Africa including Business Day, the Mail & Guardian and Fin24.

He has lectured in accounting, finance, management and taxation on undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA programmes across different universities in South Africa since 2011. He has been involved in the writing and editing of various textbooks used at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in South Africa.

Khaya has served on the boards of different companies including JSE-listed Stadio Holdings Limited where he chaired the audit committee; and Tshikululu Social Investment’s audit committee. He currently serves on the boards of Lefika La Phodiso (The Art Therapy Institute) where he serves as the board chairperson; the board of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP), and the Financial Sector Transformation Council (FSTC) as board chairperson.

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Khaya is a current holder of the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity awarded by Columbia University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation focusing on identifying and crafting solutions for racial inequalities in the education and economic sphere.He has interviewed various prominent figures for radio and print assignments including the CEOs and leaders of the JSE; the Standard Bank Group; PWC Africa; the South African Reserve Bank; the South African Broadcasting Corporation; Ivan Glasenberg of Glencore; and Lionel Barber of the Financial Times.

Shikwane Warren Makoga  Warren is a final year LLB student at Wits University and former student leader and youth activist.  He served in various roles in the university including SRC Secretary General.  Warren has also served in provincial structure of a student based organisation, focusing on research and policy.  He is currently involved in youth based structures and has an interest in how to make policies accessible and ensuring that young people vote based on policy persuasions."

Dr. Nthabiseng MolekoDr. Nthabiseng Moleko serves as a Commissioner for the Commission for Gender Equality appointed by the President in 2017 and is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission.  She completed her PhD in Development Finance at USB on Pension Funds and national development and is the first South African woman to be conferred a doctorate in this discipline. As a development Economist who is core faculty member at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) where she teaches Economics and Statistics as a Senior Lecturer since 2017.

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 Dr Moleko regularly appears across various network's programming on economic and business coverage as a thought leader.Cathy Mohlahlana  Cathy is an award-winning TV and radio broadcast journalist. She’s a senior news anchor for South Africa’s newly launched 24hr channel Newzroom Afrika where she hosts the daily primetime bulletin between 18h00 and 20h00 on channel 405. She also hosts the mid-morning talk radio show on SAfm between 9am-12pm daily.

Cathy’s career in national broadcast journalism spans over ten years. She began her career as a reporter and radio anchor for Talk Radio 702’s Eyewitness News and Kaya FM.  Cathy has previously hosted eNCA’s evening primetime bulletin NewsNight and eTV’s evening bulletin. She’s also covered high profile stories including the life of Nelson Mandela and the Oscar Pistorius Murder trial. 

In 2009 she won the National Press Club Radio Journalist of the Year Award. In 2012, she was selected to take part in the CNN Journalism Fellowship. In 2014, Cathy was selected as a fellow for US President Barack Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). She was named by Destiny Magazine as one of the “Top 40 women under 40” in 2015. She holds a Politics and International Relations degree from Wits university. 

Passionate about youth, education and current affairs, Cathy enjoys facilitating workshops and conferences which tackle issues of socio-economic development; particularly those impacting young girls and women.About The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (foundation)

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (foundation) is one of the six major political foundations in the Federal Republic of Germany, tasked primarily with conducting political education both at home and abroad.Since its founding in 1990, the Stiftung’s work has adhered to the legacy of its namesake, German socialist leader Rosa Luxemburg, and seeks to represent democratic socialism with an unwavering internationalist focus. The Stiftung is committed to radical perspective emphasising public awareness, enlightenment and social critique. It stands in tradition of the workers’ and women’s movements, as well as anti-fascism and anti-racism.

The Stiftung is registered as a non-profit organisation according to South African law and is affiliated to DIE LINKE, the German Left Party.M&G webinars and registrationFor any queries or if you are interested to be a Partner Sponsor for M&G Webinars, contact

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