South African High Commissioner to Malawi Thenjiwe Mtintso has cautioned youths against exposing themselves too much on social media.
The caution comes amid growing concerns from different stakeholders that sometimes young people expose their secrets on social media, acts which later disturb their lives.
Addressing the press ahead of the celebration of South Africa’s Youth Day and 23 years of the Rainbow nation’s freedom, which will be commemorated on June 9, Mtintso observed that advances in technology have created challenges for young people much as they are convenient tools for information dissemination.
“The challenge is that they don’t have moments to even reflect and read books and empower themselves. They so rely on social media and social media has been very detrimental to many of them because things that they would have loved to remain private are there in the public space, especially for young women,” she said.
She has since urged young people to balance the advancements in technology with their private needs and use such advancements to their advantage without them being a constraint in their lives.
The commemoration will take place at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe and different activities, including a panel discussion on harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youths, have been lined up. South African award-winning afro-pop group, Mafikizolo, and Tay Grin are expected to perform.
Proceeds from the event are expected to go towards the construction o f a multi-purpose centre at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The theme of the event is ‘Deepening Democracy and harnessing the Youth Demographic dividend in South Africa, Malawi and the Continent for the Africa We Want’.
“In adopting this theme, it is anticipated that the youth of South Africa, Malawi and the continent will be saluted for their contributions to democracy and sustainable development while exploring the manner in which their talents can be invested towards securing a better Africa and world in line with Agenda 2063,” Mtintso said.
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