Youth celebrates fallen heroes

2019-06-20 06:01
Luyolo Lengisi leads the #Emthonjeni Arts Production with poetry during the Youth Month celebrations. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Luyolo Lengisi leads the #Emthonjeni Arts Production with poetry during the Youth Month celebrations. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Guga S’thebe in Langa was a hive of activity last Thursday 13 June when young people were entertained as part of Youth Month.

The event was organised by the City of Cape Town and the City’s arts and culture department.

Young people were entertained in various activities which included arts, culture and creativity.

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said the youth still faces many socio-economic issues that hamper their development and keep them in the vulnerable group in society.

He said the city with other government departments have a number of programmes to advance youth development and help them overcome their challenges including unemployment, violence, crime and substance abuse.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said their services are diverse.

They include skills development, capacity building, job opportunities and bursaries, education and awareness as well as sports and recreational activities.

Badroodien said they have started rolling out dedicated resources to young people at clinics for improved access to primary healthcare.

“We are on a constant drive to finesse our offering and it is good to get first-hand feedback from our customers which in this case are our young people,” he said.

Badroodien said Youth Month highlights the many challenges that exist, however, it is also a celebration of youth excellence because there are many young people who makes a difference.

Nobuhle Mhlahlo (18) said it is good that even today the 1976 youth uprisings are still celebrated.

Zukile Nene (20) said many youth lost their lives in 1976 fighting for a good cause. He said he is happy to be part of the celebrations of that era in this day and age.

He added that the youth of 1976 taught them to stand up and fight for what they believe in.

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