Guided by the Constitutional directive of developmental local government and because of the undesirable current state of affairs with regard to youth affairs, the Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM) identified the need for the formulation of a youth development policy for Mangaung. This decision was executed by the appointment of two external resource persons to undertake the research that was required for the formulation of the policy. A Terms of Reference (ToR) was designed for the task and agreed upon between the MLM representatives and the external resource persons. The main areas of concern referred to in the ToR focus on the following:
- Actions that are taken for the identification and analysis of the needs and expectations of the youth and youth organisations in the MMM area of jurisdiction.
- The integration of the contributions of the different actors in the field of youth development and other related activities in the MMM.
- How the role of the MMM as a youth development agency could be enhanced.