Humanitarian, social activist and acclaimed Hollywood actor Forest Whitaker launched a youth development initiative on the Cape Flats.
The Youth Peacemaker Network Programme is run by the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI).
Forest Whitaker says he was motivated by his experiences with a disabled family member who became addicted to drugs and alcohol.
The initiative aims to create a space where youth can learn, gather and provide room for aspiring entrepreneurs over the next six years.
Forty-six young people have enrolled in the Athlone programme, which gives participants training in a variety of fields and promotes peace, reconciliation and social development.
Some of the programmes offered in this organisation include ICT skills and business entrepreneurial skills and conflict resolution.
Mayor Dan Plato welcomed the starting of the programme.