Occupy youth with sports and cultural activities, to keep them safe

Ricardo MacKenzie MPP

DA Western Spokesperson on Cultural Affairs and Sport

Madam Speaker, the 2014 festive season is upon us and it comes with the end of the school year and the much anticipated December School Holiday.

In this time, Deputy Speaker, children are afforded a break from school which means that they have more free time on their hands. In this period, they are not occupied with the positive sporting activities and valuable life lessons provided by the MOD centres at different schools in our communities.

Deputy Speaker, it is for this reason that I call on parents, care-givers and the community as a whole to look after the most vulnerable in our society. I encourage all role-players to incorporate cultural practices with children, teach them games you played as children or simply visit one of the many heritage sites across the province. Deputy Speaker, I also encourage parents to engage in sporting activities with the youth, keep them active, occupied and most importantly, safe. We are Better Together and we all have a role to play when it comes to the safeguarding of our children, because it does in fact take a village to raise a child.

It is heartening to know the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport is going the extra mile in providing cultural and sporting activities to the youth of the Western Cape during the holidays. Amongst others, these include baseball, soccer, volleyball, tag rugby, music workshops and life skills in Athlone, Bonteheuwel, Ceres, Oudtshoorn and Koekenaap, to name a few areas.

Deputy Speaker, that said, I wish all a happy, healthy festive season, especially the children of the province. I sincerely hope that they will be included and in this way contribute to the social cohesion of the Western Cape.

I thank you.