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South Africa turns IVD into Solidarity Week
10 December 2004

Johannesburg: The South African Minister of Social Development, Dr. Zola Skweyiya launched the National Youth Solidarity Week to mark the International Volunteer Day, 5 December, in the capital Johannesburg.

He says that the Minstiry is also looking into possibilities of establishing an African Volunteer Corps to help advance the country's development.

“The National Youth Solidarity Week will be held annually from 5-12 December to promote volunteerism among all South Africans – young and old; employed and unemployed -- more importantly recognize those who volunteer their time and effort to help others,” says Minister Skweyiya in his speech during IVD.

“During this celebation, individuals and groups will be encouraged to organize activities or programmes aimed at improving the quality of life of people, render support to the elderly, people with disabilities and children,” he adds.

A volunteer manual was also released to volunteer managers raise awareness on volunteers' legal rights during the celebration.

“Consultations are also underway to enhance the establishment of volunteer policy and a framework has already been developed. More work is underway to look at the creation of new volunteer-support mechanisms and infrastructure such as volunteer centers, volunteer corps, national commissions, and national fora, which already exist in several countries,” he said.

The Ministry is also planning to develop a directory of volunteer services to help deploy volunteers for the 2010 World Cup.

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From: Innovations in Civic Participation