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Government launches National Youth Solidarity Week
05 December 2004

Cape Town: It is a special day today for those millions of people who volunteer their services to making the world a better place. International Volunteer Day was celebrated today in Cape Town with a message the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, for governments and civil society to create more opportunities for people to volunteer.

The government launched the National Youth Solidarity Week today. The week will be observed every year during December 5-12.

Volunteers are the people who make a difference, and today they highlighted their activities on a field in Langa. Tembisa Sokabo (21) has volunteered her free time to train as a fire fighter, fighting a scourge that kills scores in the Cape shack lands.

"It is dangerous but I want to help the community," added Sokabo. Nicole Jacobus (15) a volunteer in Cape Town's Disaster Management team said: "One day I want to be a doctor, it helps you with the school work and what you want to be one day." For the government, volunteering epitomises the African spirit of Ubuntu, and it is vitally necessary in the fight against poverty and disease.

Koleka Mqulwana, the MEC for social services in the Western Cape, said: "There are so many challenges facing us, we need all of them to be directly involved."

From: SABC News