CCBSA TO JOIN WITH IKAMVAYOUTH IN COMMEMORATION OF YOUTH DAY
IkamvaYoputh hosted an event on Saturday, 15 June 2016 in commemoration of students who died in 1976 in Soweto. The event was with a joint celebration between IkamvaYouth and CCBSA (Cocacola Beverages South Africa) was titled: The Youth For Change Movement” .
The event took place in Mamelodi West, D6. The event involved a dialogue where young people discussed issues such as teenage pregnancy and drugs abuse. Show case of talents including poets and drama was also done as part of the Youth day commemoration.
“Many times this issue is deemed as a problem for girls only as they are ones carrying the baby and have to look after the baby when its born”, said Neo Rakoma , Branch Coordinator. She added that they want to hear male perspective on the issue of teenage pregnancy. The dialogue also focused on the issue of drug abuse.
During the event, speakers including Thabo Modisane who gave a speech based on his own experience about June 16 and also presented to the youth on Education, skills and ICT.
Johannes Kutumela and Tlotlo Mosadi’s talk from CCBSA was based on the career opportunities and internships available at CCBSA. Sammy Matlebyane Spoke about his 8 years experience as a drug addict, how he changed his life and works as part of the youth in art. Jessica Sithole also from CCBSA gave a talk on how alcohol can prevent one from getting employed, she also mentioned diseases affecting young people such as HIV & AIDS, STI’s and encouraged family planning as part of preventing teenage pregnancy.
According to history shared by the branch on June 16 and a reason to host this event: The June 16, 1976 Uprising changed the history of South Africa forever. A day that was supposed to be a peaceful march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools turned turned out to be a massacre. Although the march took place in Soweto, a lot of students movements were involved in different parts of the country, many young people were killed and some injured throughout the month. On this faithful day, a young man Hector Peterson was killed and this sparked a lot of international media coverage. After the incident, the communities the communities across the country as well as international started putting pressure on the South African Government and it is believed that is how the battle against Afrikaans language to be used as a medium of instruction won. The outstanding factor about the youth of 1976 is their courage and bravery, they wanted change and willing to sacrifice with their lives for change in the country.
“Today as we commemorate those who lost their lives, enjoying freedom of their sacrifices, we honor them, salute them and still look up to them as our role models”, said Dineo Rakama, Branch Cordinator.
“We, therefore wanted to host the first Youth Day to commemoration at the IkamvaYouth Mamelodi Branch, not to only celebrate the significant of the day but also to deal with challenges we encounter on a daily basis as young people”, said the Branch Coordinator, Neo Rakoma.
She added that, the gathering was a great success and the aim was to motivate learners and motivate them to out education first, seek change and fight against social ills”, said Neo Rakoma. The branch planning to have this event every year.
By: Fortunate Machaba