MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Tiyiselani Wa Bevhula
Comments: 1
Article views: 147
Latest Badges:

View all Tiyiselani Wa Bevhula's badges.

A leaf from 76

17 June 2014, 18:00

Ben Okri once wrote: “The only power that poor people have is hunger”. June 16 came and passed like the previous years with no resonance and meaning to the current Youth of South Africa. Our country has the highest rate of unemployment and the youth are mostly affected by poverty. Surprisingly, our youth are failing to use the only power that they have to change the status quo.

It is not a myth that hunger can turn a lazy mind into a creative mind. However, these norm is the missing part in South African youth and the sooner we realise this the better for all of us.

We must strive to learn a thing or two in any circumstance or situation that is part of our history. 16 June 1976 is now part of our painful history but we can learn something from it that will enable us to fulfil our dreams and aspirations. We must bear in mind that the commemoration of this day was meant to raise awareness in the current generation and to enlighten us to see the importance of coming together to stage a fight against all our challenges and societal ills.

By merely wearing school uniforms and abusing alcohol and drugs as a way of celebrating youth day, we are unconsciously reversing the gains that were brought to us by our hard fought democracy. It is therefore necessary to identify and fulfil our dreams before we betray them unwittingly.

Every young person must strive to bring a change in every corner that he/she occupies in order to build a country of our dreams.  Let us spare this historic day from being reduced to a mere talk shop and a day of rhetoric by greedy politicians.

It is the responsibility of the current generation to give this day the honour it deserves by learning the courage and determination of the 1976 generation and make it relevant in the fight against current challenges.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
John Moore
White farmers not wanted here, bu...

First Julius Malema wants the farmers' land for free. Now that the Australian government is prepared to take in the farmers, now that is also not good enough. Read more...

0 comments 4970 views
Submitted by
Language Girl
Renewable energy vs coal: between...

Finally, the world is waking up to the fact that non-renewable energy sources, specifically coal, truly are just that – non-renewable, not to mention horrifically damaging to the planet on which we depend for survival. Read more...

0 comments 167 views
Submitted by
Silver lining of Shivambu's attac...

Who came to the rescue of Adrian de Kock? It was not white people. That's the story of ordinary South African citizens. Read more...

0 comments 851 views
The Home Affairs nightmare is rea...

I do not understand why Home Affairs insist on using a complicated system, for which they do not have the resources.  Read more...

0 comments 6550 views
Submitted by
Wim Kotzé
Budget: The VAT increase is no go...

I’ve been meaning to write an open letter every year over the last few years after the announcement of the budget, perhaps naively hoping that wisdom will prevail, but no.  Read more...

0 comments 477 views
Submitted by
Banning the old SA flag: Yes or n...

Other than the debate about the land issue no other issue elicits as many responses in our public discourse as the debate as to whether the old South African flag should be banned. Read more...

0 comments 128 views


RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2018 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.