Youth Moving South Africa Forward
The 2014 youth month is highly significant as South Africa marks 20 years of freedom since the first democratic elections were held in 27 April 1994. Youth Day commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprisings in the country. The day is celebrated on the 16 June every year in order to recognise the role of youth in the liberation of South Africa.
The Cacadu District Municipality and Koukamma municipality joined hands and hosted the youth celebrations in Coldstream to commemorate and recognise the contribution made by the young people of our country in the liberation struggle. The event was twofold; firstly a youth dialogue where young people engaged in issues of local economic development and entrepreneurship and a performing arts festival. The main objective behind the dialogue was to arm the youth with tools of self-development and answer the nation’s call towards Vukuzenzele. The performing arts festival incorporated talent from the different areas of Koukamma ranging from music, dance and drama.
While the youth of 1976 fought for freedom and the creation of a democratic state, today’s youth activism is directed towards successfully tackling the challenges of combating poverty, unemployment, HIV and AIDS, personal development, economic freedom and the development of the country.