As youth development forms a pivotal part of the Umlazi Festival & Expo will be dedicated to providing the youth with guidance regarding their career choices as well as involving them in an entertaining activity programme. This will be collectively known as the “Youth Corner” and will be run in partnership with relevant youth development organisations as well as the KZN Department of Education. We make the first day of Umlazi Festival & Expo an open day for grade 11-12 leaners. We will create opportunities for them by inviting different tertiary institutions like universities, EFT colleges as well as local companies to give them different career options as well as bursary opportunities for them. We will encourage local schools to attend the event.

The “youth corner” will comprise an exhibition area for tertiary institutions, youth-focused branded goods supplies and other organisations targeting the 16- 35 year old market, and will feature presentations by government officials well-known role models & businessmen who will give tips to the youth on how to make it in life & how to start a successful businesses.

This is a legacy section for the success of the Umlazi Festival & Expo as it strives to promote youth empowerment & open opportunities for the youth of Umlazi & KwaZulu-Natal at large. Other topics that will be covered include access to finance & capital. Government will be given a platform to address the issue of youth empowerment & unemployment as well as general challenges facing the youth.