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16 June: Youth Day (South Africa)


Every year on 16 June, Youth Day is commemorated in South Africa to remember the hundreds of students that lost their lives during the Soweto Uprising in 1976.

On this day, 40 years ago, thousands of students from numerous Sowetan schools gathered at Orlando West Secondary School to protest against the Bantu Education Act. It was supposed to be a peaceful march to Orlando Stadium, but as students walked in the streets of Soweto, a clash with the Apartheid police broke out. Teargas and live ammunition were fired and many young people were tragically killed.

Previously known as Soweto Day, Youth Day became a public holiday after Nelson Mandela became president in 1994. It is usually celebrated with musical concerts around the country, as well as educational discussions at schools and colleges.

Developing young leaders for the future

About 66% of South Africa's population is under the age of 35. USB-ED aims to develop South Africa's young leaders through the Young Minds Entrepreneurship Programme. This year-long learning opportunity helps matriculants, students and young graduates to create their own career opportunities in life. According to De Wet Schoeman, Director of the Centre for Applied Entrepreneurship at USB-ED, the programme helps young people develop dynamic mind-sets that prepare them to successfully manage their personal and professional lives. Subject areas that are covered include:

  • Entrepreneurial thinking and innovation
  • Economics
  • Strategic thinking and management
  • Personal mastery
  • Human resources
  • Leadership and team work
  • Marketing
  • Operations Planning and Project management
  • Financial management

To learn more about USB-ED's Young Minds Entrepreneurship Programme, click here, or follow their Facebook group here.

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