Open letter to the youth — by Maboka Tshidiso Innocentia

“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in our power, but it is a pity to see how the young people of Africa dropped the ball.

“What happened to our young people? They can disrespect the law as well as the elders but what is to become of them?

“Young people are dropping out of schools just to stay at home doing nothing, teenage pregnancy is increasing and many are becoming drug addicts, resulting in death. What are we benefiting from destroying our own future? Your life is in your own hands and it is up to you to decide whether you want to throw it away or hold it tight with both hands.

“It is about time the young people take a stand/lead towards their future and be good ambassadors for South Africa.

“You might be a teenage mother, a young drug addict and a dropped-out learner; but it is never too late to change your life. Problems are not stops, but guidelines.

“Change your life today and don’t gamble with your future. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Nothing is impossible (it always seems impossible until it’s done). Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough.

“What you plant today you will harvest later. If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home, go out and get busy.”

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