772 people, many of whom travelled from other provinces, attended the Annual General Meeting of Umphakathi Okhathazekile / The Concerned Young People of South Africa (CYPSA), which was held on Saturday the 29th November in Kranskop, KwaZulu Natal. The meeting commenced at 3.00pm on Saturday afternoon and despite plans to conclude the meeting at 5.30pm, proceedings only drew to a close shortly after 7pm that evening - two and a half hours being simply not enough time for such a full programme!
Items included a performance by a choir consisting of the 200-plus young men currently enrolled in our restoration programme, some of whom also presented a highly entertaining play. These being just a few more examples of the amazing talent that exists amongst the young men of our nation. A financial report and the Chairperson's address detailed the anti-drug awareness work and other activities undertaken by CYPSA in schools, correctional facilities, via the media and in several other areas across the country over the past year.
A strong emphasis on the role of parents in the development of their children was made. "The children are what they are today, often because of the poor example set by parents" was the theme of this address. When invited to speak, some of the parents present admitted that they themselves had failed to feed their children the right "milk" by setting a good example and giving the necessary guidance and discipline to their children while growing up. Those parents who attended indicated that they had taken this message to heart.
Upon conclusion of the meeting, all present were invited to attend a special dinner at which parents and visitors were served at their tables by their sons. Certainly a novel experience for many of the parents present!