Today DYR Talks To…. Holly Rey

Durban Youth Radio: Youth Week feature
Today DYR 105.1 talks to….
Holly Rey (22)
AfroElectro House music performer, youth literacy campaigner and chess ambassador
1 What is the greatest thing about being a young person in SA today?
We are the country’s biggest asset, if we tap into our own personal strengths and abilities and develop an entrepreneurial spirit, then the possibilities are limitless. We live in a country that has one of the biggest emerging markets in the world, how can that not inspire greatness. The world is watching us and we as South Africans are having a massive influence on the global and cultural economies of the world.
2 What is the single biggest challenge of being a young person in SA today?
Education. Schools are under-resourced, over-crowded and youth are face tremendous challenges both in and out of school. These challenges contribute to the high drop-out rate and the low pass rate. Sadly even those who achieve a pass rate are often ill prepared for university or college which has a knock on effect with tertiary education.
3 What one thing can young people do to make the world a better place?
Start where you are with what you have. Think on a small scale first. You can have a major impact on your local community by doing small projects that don’t need financial resources but rather giving of your time and energy.
4 What one really useful thing can young people learn from their elders?
There is no place like home and we should always know where we come from and stay connected to our roots and traditions.
5 If you could be mayor of Durban what one thing would you do to help the youth
I would run a one day entrepreneurs course, offer free business registration assistance and then provide every delegate with an “Office In A Box” which would contain a simple book keeping programme and other simple but useful tools for running a business.
• Holly features in the Imbumba Fiesta music line up taking place in Bulwer Park Glenwood today, Sat 16 June, hosted by the Mzala Nxumalo Centre.

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