Public Holidays: Putting the meaning back into our history
The Soweto uprising is deeply etched in the history of South Africa. A series of violent protests that rose up in the dusty streets of Soweto – the effects of which are still being felt today. On the 16th of June 1976, the youth of South Africa stood their ground and raised their voice to denounce a system that consistently strove to emasculate and belittle the African child.
It was the beginning of a new day and a new fight!
Over the years however, the harsh reality of the day has dulled into fading memories and June 16 has been reduced to “another long weekend”. The relevance of this struggle is fast fading with the colours of the iconic images that shocked the world 40 years ago.
With most trying to find the best sho’t left deals and who will be the host for the weekend braai why not be the one who dares to do it differently #40YearsLater!
Here are a couple of alternative Youth Day events the whole family can enjoy:
“The Significance of 1976”
This is one of the permanent exhibitions on show at the Museum. A series of images and write ups that show the sequence of events and give a new understanding of the sacrifices and horror the Youth of 2016 endured to make their voices heard.
Cost: Adults – R80.00
Pensioners, students & children – R65.00
Learners – R35.00
Teachers – R40.00
Sarafina – The Sound of Freedom
20th – 24th June 2016 at 2pm.
This 1992 musical is a South African favourite – telling the story of a young woman’s fight for freedom during the apartheid years.
Cost: Free of Charge
16th – 19th June 2016
“The Cleaners” is a play written & directed by Sipho Zakwe and performed by Duma Ndlovu Academy (DNA) and Durban University of Technology Drama graduates Lungani Mabaso and Sipho Zakwe. It’s a story about two young men, uZibi (dirt) and uMshanelo (broom) – cleaners both in profession and bloodline and offspring to a victim of the 2007 ‘Reitz Four’ incident at the University of Free State.
Cost: R50 per person
This is a delightful pop-up bookstore that will be filled to the brim with African literature and runs from 13th – 19th June 2013.
Everyday at 3pm there will be live readings by renowned authors and reading activists.
Cost: Free of Charge!
With so much going on it will be a shame to emerge the other side of June 16th 2016 without a new understanding and appreciation of Youth Day.