Youth Month 2016

Youth Month 2016

South Africa celebrates the 40th Anniversary of 16 June 1976.

June is celebrated as Youth Month in South Africa, with a specific focus on 16 June, which is also known as Youth Day. Youth Month pays tribute to the school pupils who lost their lives during the 16 June 1976 uprising in Soweto.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings. The theme for Youth Month is “Youth Moving South Africa Forward”.

On 16 June 1976, more than 15 000 students gathered at Orlando West Secondary School with the intention of participating in a peaceful march to the nearby Orlando Stadium.

The demonstration had been planned in protest against the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction at schools.

However, the police and armed forces responded to the protest violently and the first fatality of the day was Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old pupil who was shot by the police. It is believed that 175 others were also killed that day.

This violent backlash to what was meant to be a peaceful march caught the attention of the international community. After this event, many countries imposed sanctions on South Africa in an attempt to force the apartheid government to ease its repressive rule.

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*Source: www.gov.za

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·        Drake encourages SA youth to be great

·        New booklet commemorates youth struggle

·        Minister engages youth on NDP

·        Youth a catalytic force behind Agenda 2063

·        Youth urged to emulate Class of ‘76

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·        President Zuma to visit Vulindlela rural housing project

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·        Limpopo village gets mobile library

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·        Deputy President honours youth of 1976

·        Peter Magubane launches June 16 book

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·        Special Youth Day briefing to be held

·        Don't burn infrastructure when protesting

·        President Zuma to deliver keynote address on June 16

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