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13 Jun

Celebrating Youth Day For What It Is


Remembering the courageous acts of the 1976 youth

This day is more than a public holiday, it commemorates the courage displayed by students who stood against the apartheid government. Youth Day is a day South Africans pay tribute to the youth that was ambushed by the apartheid regime police in Soweto on 16 June 1976.

Going back in time…
On June 16, 1976, thousands of black students gathered to protest from their schools to Orlando Stadium. The students opposed the official order of making Afrikaans compulsory in black township schools throughout the country. The use of local languages was prohibited in these schools whilst the constitution supported that Afrikaans and English be made the official languages of the country.

The rally was peaceful with the intention to plea with the government not to make Afrikaans compulsory in schools. Things escalated when the police were called in to disperse the crowds and riots broke out. Hundreds of students were killed as a result.

Some interesting facts

  • The day is more commonly referred to as the ‘Soweto Uprising’
  • The association of Afrikaans with apartheid prompted black South Africans to prefer English
  • This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Soweto Uprising
  • The number of people who died is usually given as 176 with some estimates up to 700
  • 15 000 uniformed pupils were there. The plan was to act against studying in Afrikaans. They moved to Orlando Stadium.

Wondering how you can spend this day? We have provided you with a few things you could do in our beautiful country.

Cape Town

Youth Day Young Entrepreneur Pocket Money Market
Come and gather to see the creative Young Entrepreneurs earn, learn and have fun. Each of the stalls submits an advert, completes an accounting sheet and meets a number of POS requirements in order to gain a certificate. All of the young traders take a #PlasticFree Pledge, so no single-use plastics are allowed. The traders, aged 4 to 16, will compete for awards in various categories and overall Young Entrepreneur of the Day will be announced at 2.30pm. Time: 11am – 2.30pm
Price: Free

Breakwater Boulevard | Cape Town, Western Cape | 0833840590

Youth Day Festivities

Get involved with Cornerstone-Youth Club, who aims to reclaim the lives of at-risk youth by creating programs that add value, life skills, education, and self-discipline to succeed as productive citizens. The youth club plans to commemorate Youth day in a special way, adding various artist for entertainment.
Time: 9am – 2pm
Price: Free

Kleinvlei Sportsveld | Cape Town, Western Cape, 7700 | 0849417070

Youth Day Helmet Run
The Youth Day Helmet Run will be providing entertainment like music, jumping castles, face painting and more for the youth. Each young person will receive a metal badge as a token of appreciation for their participation.
Time: 9am – 11pm
Price: R50

Sandvlei Sea Scout Base | Cape Town, Western Cape, 7945 | 0788581772

Be The Difference Foundation Sports Day
Committed to social outreach projects, Be The Difference Foundation aims to empower the lives of those in surrounding communities. They have a firm belief that sport can contribute to community identity as a pivotal point for personal interaction and community engagement. Their annual sports day for social development is a method of developing local community leaders on and off the sports field.
Time: 8am – 4pm
Price: Free

40 Dan King Road | Cape Town, Western Cape, 7570 |

Iziko Museum and Slave Lodge
The Iziko Museums form a collection of museums located all over the City of Cape Town, some of which are the South African Museum, the Planetarium, and the Slave Lodge. Spending your Youth Day at these museums will educate you on the heritage and history of our country. The Slave Lodge is a favourite amongst tourists and locals. The museum explores South Africa’s long history of slavery, under the umbrella theme of ‘from human wrongs to human rights’.
Time: 10am – 5pm
Price: Adults R40, Kids R20

25 Queen Victoria Street | Cape Town, Western Cape | 021 481 3800


Youth Day Picnic Hike
Get ready for a fun-filled Youth Day when you participate in the 8-km hike, finishing the day off with a picnic. The price of the event is R390 per person which will include a fruit, energy bar, water, refresher drinks and a picnic braai. The hike will be led by a certified fitness coach with an advanced first aid level. The trail is scenic and you can expect views of Dassie, Zebra, Wildebeest and other friendly animals. Once the hike is completed, participants will have a picnic braai and a commemoration for the fallen heroes of 16 June, celebrating their bravery and their commitment to the struggle.
Time: 7.30am – 12pm
Price: R390 p/p

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve | Johannesburg, Gauteng |

Hear Yee! Recording Studios 7th Birthday
Are you a lover of music? Then join Hear Yee on their birthday to celebrate Youth Day with a difference. Expect to be entertained by awesome bands and DJs, with all the proceeds raised on the day going towards deaf children who have never experienced the magic of music.
Time: 2pm – 2am
Price: R90

1 Fox Street | Ferreirastown | Johannesburg, Gauteng

Jozi Red City Tour and Soweto Combo
Celebrate Youth Day by jumping on a Red City Tour Bus. Take a unique trip to Soweto when you participate in the Johannesburg Red City Tour and Soweto Combo. No visit to the city of Johannesburg is complete without a trip into its largest and most vibrant township, Soweto.
Time: 8.30am – 5pm
Price: Prices vary depending on the package you take. Click here for prices.

Oxford Road, Rosebank | Johannesburg, Gauteng | 0861733287

The Hector Pieterson Museum
Commemorating the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid, visiting the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West is definitely fitting for Youth Day. The museum was named after one of the students protesting against the substandard level of education in black schools was shot by the apartheid police. The student was the 12-year-old Hector Pieterson. The iconic photograph of Pieterson’s body being carried by a fellow student, his sister running alongside them, has become a powerful symbol of the senseless cruelty, brutality and repression experienced under the Apartheid regime.
Time: 10am – 5pm
Price: R30 p/p

8287 Khumalo Road | Johannesburg, Gauteng | 011 536 0611/2


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