Newspaper clipping – The Daily News – 19 June 2008

Fast track for the Africa Resource Centre

By Barbara Cole

Plans to establish an Africa Resource Centre of Excellence for youth in Durban, it will be a world first, are to be fast-tracked, the city’s deputy mayor, Logie Naidoo, has said.
            “Its going to be a brilliant idea and this summit is so impressive that we are going to fast-track it as soon as we can,” Naidoo said after attending a session of the International Youth Crime Prevention & Cities Summit at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

The high performance centre will be used to train leaders on crime prevention and community safety, who will “get the youth on the right path,” he said. Technical skills will also be passed on to get people into the labour market.

The project has the support of the United Nations-Habitat (which is supporting the summit), the KZN government and the eThekwini municipality.
            “We are very happy to share this commitment for the centre, which will be useful for the whole of Africa. What is learned from the resource centre can be put into practice in other countries in Africa,” Inga Bjorkklevby, the deputy executive director of UN-Habitat, told a press conference.

Bheki Cele, the MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liason, said the centre was destined to “become a lasting symbol of the Summit”.