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South Africa's Youth day

16 June 2014, 12:27
16th June 1976, the youth of South Africa gathered and took a mass action in addressing the main challenge they faced, yet some were killed, some injured and some survived in the incident.

 Yes not all of the country's youth but those who were there made an impact to the country as a whole.

38 years after this incident, we as the youth have gazillion issues we are facing that needs to be addressed, and there are those that are main to us, but instead of commemorating the day, we celebrate it.

How can we celebrate this day if there is nothing to celebrate and we also do not know how to celebrate it? Yes, we may booze around, play soccer, loaf around, forget the challenges as we celebrate and have wonderful holidays, but what about tomorrow on the 17th? 18th? or even 30th?

Do we just put back our masks of suffer and un-addressed issues and proceed with life till the next coming June 16th? Or do we use the very same day we have been given to come together and address this issues we are facing, and suggest for resolutions to them as well, so that tomorrow we try to implement the suggested solutions?

I am sorry to say this, but we are a generation of loafers, cowards and lazy youth that can not account on its deeds, instead we hide under the blame that the government is doing nothing for us, and how sure are we if we do not show what we want from the government? I am part of the very same generation, but I am ashamed of being part of it, as a young person, aren't you?

To the President and Premiers, you know how to get young people together on this day, but would you please stop giving speeches and start calling on mass youth gatherings where you will listen to the youth?

To National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), you are a wonderful ceremony planner, but do you really care about the youth or you are just enjoying the money from the state? If you care, what do you have to show in hand that you have achieved with the youth so far?

Did you march in masses with the youth addressing issues in the country or you called them to a party so that your execs can give speech about the fallen heroes?

To the youth of S.A, oh! not forgetting myself: Ke nako, we have to stand for ourselves, and ensure the state that we care about our country and its' future's leadership
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