I re-iterated that the National Youth Policy 2020 is about the youth, for the youth and by the youth of South Africa. Nothing for us without us. This was not a call that I made lightly. It was a call that is deeply rooted in this post-apartheid government’s commitment to consulting stakeholders and communities in the policy development process. My call was rooted in my belief that young men and women have a critical role to play in their own development. Their views matter and their voices must be heard.