#YouthDay: 'Being young does not mean being oblivious' - Masego Khambule

2016-06-18 13:45

The Soweto Uprising ended tragically with many young people losing their lives at the hands of the apartheid regime for protesting against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

#YouthDay: 'Youth day is not about drugs' – Mandla Maswanganyi

2016-06-18 12:51

Mandla Maswanganyi is a Grade 12 pupil at Orlando High School in Soweto, one of the schools that participated in the historic June 16 march 40 years ago. He says youth today struggle with peer pressure, drug abuse and gangsterism, among other issues.

1976 Alexandra activist Japie Vilankulu’s life remembered

2016-06-18 09:04

When the Vilankulu family received a message that their son had been injured during an altercation with the police, Japie Vilankulu's sister says she knew then that her brother would not be returning home.

#YouthDay: 'My friends date sugar daddies' - Nhlanhla Dube

2016-06-17 07:48

Now I don't even think of having fun because my age peers are abusing drugs and alcohol. Girls have started having sex. Some of them don't use protection.

#YouthDay: 'Our school needs chairs, desks, funds' – Lebohang Mamabolo

2016-06-17 07:48

Lebohang Mamabolo is a Grade 10 learner at Sekano Ntoane High School in Soweto, one of the schools whose learners participated in the historic June 16 march 40 years ago, who believes born-frees carry a heavy burden.

#YouthDay: The Soweto uprising was for all of us - Wandile Kokwana

2016-06-17 07:24

The children of 1976 were determined to have a bright future for themselves, says Wandile Kokwana.

We must all help make schools safer – Zuma

2016-06-16 17:22

President Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans to stand together to make schools safer by tackling issues such as drugs, violence and bullying.

#YouthDay: Too many class clowns, not enough thinking pupils - Emmauel Mufano

2016-06-16 16:20

Forty years ago, high school learners from all over Soweto decided to March against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. But today young people have different struggles.

We must protect women from exploitation - Zuma

2016-06-16 16:01

President Jacob Zuma says women and girls should be protected from exploitation as the blesser and mavuso phenomena sweep across parts of the country.

Our relatives paid with their blood for our freedom - niece

2016-06-16 14:40

The niece of Tsietsie Mashinini - who was at the forefront of the Soweto Uprising - has thanked the government for not forgetting all those killed on June 16, 1976.


#YouthDay: 'Was the youth of 1976 really fighting for this?' - Anele Radebe

2016-06-18 13:00

The youth of 1976 fought for better education for us but all we do is smash all their efforts right in their faces, writes Anele Radebe, Grade 10.

#YouthDay: 'Bullies will make you wish you never attended school' – Kwanele Hlomuka

2016-06-18 12:51

Kwanele Zakhe Hlomuka is a Grade 8 learner at Madibane High School in Soweto, one of the schools whose learners participated in the historical June 16 march 40 years ago. This is his take on the youth of today.

The day in '76 when all hell broke loose in Langa

2016-06-17 13:30

While many people associate June 16, 1976, with Soweto, pupils also protested in Cape Town and elsewhere in the months that followed.

#YouthDay: 'What about a boy who is scared of initiation school?' - Frans Ntlemo

2016-06-17 07:48

To really honour Youth Day, society needs to stop trying to define "youth" as either a problem to deal with or an issue that can win the elections.

#YouthDay: 'Free education will give us the boost we need' – Ncumisa Maxengana

2016-06-17 07:24

Ncumisa Maxengana is a pupil at Langa High School who says the FeesMustFall movement and the victories of students fighting for free tertiary education will help children at school now.

#YouthDay: Too many pupils ignore study possibilities - Bathabile Mvamveki

2016-06-16 17:23

Let us get an education and stop unemployment, crime and poverty, says Langa High School pupil Bathabile Mvamveki.

#YouthDay: We fight very different battles than the youth in 1976 - Kaylinn Oostendorp

2016-06-16 16:23

Forty years ago there was a student uprising against Afrikaans being used as a medium of instruction in schools where learners were not fluent in the language.

#YouthDay: We should understand more about the sacrifices by the youth 40 years ago - Christopher Wyngaard

2016-06-16 16:20

Christopher Colin Wyngaard is a Grade 10 pupil at Oval North High School in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town. This is his story on the youth of today, who, he believes should know more about the past.

#YouthDay: It makes me proud to see how the youth embrace their talents - Isaac Ruiters

2016-06-16 16:01

When I open my eyes in the morning, I find myself thinking about a South Africa where evil has been abolished, says 14-year-old Isaac Ruiters.

Apartheid disadvantaged SA by denying blacks education – Zuma

2016-06-16 14:38

President Jacob Zuma says the apartheid regime disadvantaged the country and economy by denying black people an education.

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