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Bill Gates calls on govts to enable positive change, invest in youth

Gates says there has been a tremendous amount of progress but SA still has a lot of work to do.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates delivered the Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, titled "Living Together", at the University of Pretoria in Mamelodi. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As South Africa marks Nelson Mandela Day, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has spoken about the need for governments to enable positive change and invest in young people.

Last night, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist delivered the annual Nelson Mandela Lecture titled, Living Together, at the University of Pretoria in Mamelodi.



He spoke about a wide range of issues including health, education, energy and economic growth.

Gates says young people must be empowered to innovate and to lead.

"Nelson Mandela said young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down towers of oppression and raising the bars of freedom. But our duty is not merely to arouse, our duty is to invest in these young people, to put in place the basic building blocks so they can build the future."

He says there has been a tremendous amount of progress but South Africa still has a lot of work to do.

"Let's do everything within our power right now to help build the future Nelson Mandela dreamed of."

Gates says narrowing inequality will help people live together.