Zuma to commemorate Youth Day

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is to address the 34th Youth Day celebrations tomorrow in Mpumalanga.

Under the theme "Working together for youth development through action" Zuma will address the celebrations at Thulamahashe Stadium in Bushbuckridge to commemorate the anniversary of the 1976 uprisings.

The celebrations, which are organised by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), coincides with the agency's first anniversary. The NYDA came about as a result of the National Youth Commission and the Umsobomvu Youth Fund.

Apart from the national celebrations, the Gauteng Provincial Government, together with the City of Tshwane and Johannesburg, will host various activities. The Tsietsi Mashinini Statue at Morris Isaacson High School in Jabavu, Soweto, will be unveiled tomorrow.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo as well as MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Nelisiwe Moerane, will lay a wreath at the Hector Peterson Memorial and Museum.

"This year, the Gauteng Provincial government is paying particular attention to confronting the challenge of assisting young people to effectively move from the world of education to the world of work. In this regard our approach is to ensure that young people have access to quality education that appropriately skills them for the labour market," said Moerane.

In Limpopo, Premier Cassel Mathale will mark the day at the Polokwane Municipality in Seshego stadium.

In Cape Town, the city's Sport, Recreation and Amenities department will host various events to commemorate the day. This includes netball, indigenous games and arts and culture in Macassar, Scottsdene and Lavender Hill.

June 16, 1976, marked the culmination of a new era when young people united in the fight for the liberation of South Africa when they protested against the white apartheid regime and the then status quo.