The past week was a good week for the paper. It was also the week that I was reminded of Hector Pieterson that became the subject of an iconic image of the 1976 Soweto uprising in South Africa. Youth Day in South Africa commemorates the Soweto Uprising in the country. The day is celebrated on June 16 every year. The day is celebrated in order to recognize the role of youth in the liberation of South Africa from the Apartheid regime. Research shows that Hector Pieterson was killed at the age of 13 when the police opened ﬁ re on protesting students. For years, 16 June stood as a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government.
On the Youth Day celebration I was at ‘June 16 Career Expo’ in Windmill Park and I found it so amazing to see the institutions that was involoved by reaching out to educate young people on different careers. The day turned out to be a success and the youth was informed on various careers and institutions.
In the sports section the African Women Development NPO was empowered to host a sports day called I’skhathi Sethu-June 16th’ . The initiative was part of the Youth Day Celebration that provided the unique opportunity to generate positive news coverage for Boksburg and its surrounding communities and to remind the public to support the youth in their communities.
Our youth needs to be prepared for the future because the future of South Africa is in the hands of our youth. The words of Nelson Mandela for our youth was “Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.”
Our youth needs to start being proud fellow South Africans and being proud of this nation must empower our you to mak a difference in the nation. With this said they need reach out to our fellow South African neighbours, commiting to speak life into our south african people, helping south african people to get to their dreams and loving South Africa with a true love.