In commemoration of Youth Month, the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) participated in the Eastern Cape’s 2024 Provincial Youth Month Celebrations on Youth Day, 16 June 2024. The event was held at at Moko Grounds in eziHlahleni Village, Debe Raymond Mhlaba Ward 1, and it was hosted by the Office of the Premier (OTP).  The celebration aimed to highlight and create exposure to available opportunities for youth. The event also served as a platform for various government departments and entities to showcase their initiatives, programmes, and projects developed for youth. Additionally, the event included handovers of material support to the various beneficiaries, demonstrating a commitment to empower the youth with tangible resources and opportunities

As part of its commitment to youth development, the ELIDZ donated sports equipment valued at R120,000.00 to three local sport clubs, namely Cosmos Sports Club, Evergreen Rugby Club, and Hotspot Boxing Academy. This significant donation aims to empower local youth by increasing their access to sports and recreation opportunities, thereby promoting healthy lifestyles and community engagement.

Situated in areas facing substantial socio-economic challenges and barriers, the youth often encounter difficulties, including high levels of unemployment and poverty. Consequently, they are often vulnerable or exposed to acts of crime and substance abuse. These hardships and unfavourable conditions underscore the necessity for initiatives that emphasise the significant impact of sporting and recreational opportunities. Additionally, these also stress the importance of offering essential resources, raising awareness, and fostering positive engagement to break the cycle of social disadvantages.

This meaningful contribution reflects the ELIDZ’s unwavering commitment to supporting initiatives dedicated to making a positive impact and promoting community development within the Eastern Cape Province. With qualities and values strongly aligned to corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship, the ELIDZ aims to continuously create change by investing in the potential of our youth and shaping their future. By empowering the next generation of leaders, pioneers, and change-makers, the ELIDZ is committed to fostering a positive and sustainable impact in our communities.

Speaking with the beneficiaries, the ELIDZ Interim CEO, Thembela Zweni reiterated that through initiatives addressing socio-economic challenges and providing essential resources and opportunities, the ELIDZ is dedicated to nurturing the talent and aspirations of young people. “This commitment will hopefully help them overcome barriers and achieve their full potential through youth development-related initiatives,” he said.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Mr Sibusiso Ralarala
Manager: Marketing & Corporate Communications
East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ)
Tel: 066 283 9203