South African (SA) youth took part in celebrations across the country as part of June 16, Youth Day. A public holiday that commemorates SA’s brave youth who died during protests against the countries Apartheid laws and the Bantu education system, which forced students to learn Afrikaans. The uprising started in Soweto on June 16, 1976 and quickly spread across the country.
Youth gatherings, debates and cultural activities centred around Youth Day were carried out throughout the nine provinces and here is a look at some of the significant events.
The countries president Jacob Zuma delivered a key note speech at the Tshwane events centre addressing the state of the economy and how it was negatively affecting young people, stating that, ‘the economy was not growing fast enough, and so ‘many of our graduates sit at home’. This was the 2015 official youth Day celebration. And what’s a celebration without some music, by midday the cultural programme had come to life in full effect with music from a range of SA’s talented artists who entertained the public.
And in keeping with the youth month theme, in the south of Johannesburg on June 13 the largest street bash took over Soweto. The event had the youth of Kliptown coming out in their numbers at the Walter Sisulu Square to celebrate and commemorate the day of June 16 through music at the MTV Base and Klipdrift Golden Beats Kasi Street Bash. Great performances by SA’s music talent included Kabelo aka Mr Bouga Luv, Pro, Kwesta, KO and Black Motion while deejays Euphonik and Vigilante held it down on the decks till the early morning. Nomuzee and Sandile were the VJs and emcees at the bash.
If you missed out MTV Base (DStv channel 322) will be premiering highlights from the show. You can catch it on 2 July 21:00 CAT.
This year’s youth month marked 60 years since the adoption of the freedom charter in Kliptown in 1955 that declared that SA belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it’s based on the will of all people.