June 16 Youth Day

Southern Africans Celebrate Youth Day in London 

June 16 is a national holiday in South Africa, which commemorates the Soweto Uprising of 1976. The dissatisfaction of the Bantu educational system and the teaching of Afrikaans and English as languages of instruction caused the uprising. The uprising witnessed the killing of over 700 students including the killing of Hector Pieterson.
Hector Pieterson became the subject of an iconic image of the 1976 Soweto Uprising when a dying Hector (13) who was shot when the police opened fire on the protesting students; was photographed being carried by another pupil, with his sister by his side. This image was broadcasted around the world and stimulated the world to take stronger action against the apartheid regime and further it revealed the political strength of the black youths of Apartheid South Africa.
 For years, the date June 16 has stood as a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government. Today, it is labeled as National Youth Day - when South Africans honor young people of the past and celebrate the youth of today, our future.
 It was no different here in London as Southern Africans from across the country came together over the weekend to celebrate this special day. The gathering was held at the South African pub, ‘The Orange Bull Sports Bar’ were the hosts of the event The South African Youth Development showcased the talents of Noni Zondi, a multi-talented songstress with an unforgettable body, Lebo Snookums, an aspiring and upcoming singer graced the stage with their vocals.
 Asanda Jezile, the 11year old talented singer with an infectious and bubbly personality who impressed the judges and the nation on this year's Britain's Got Talent with her rendition of Rihanna's 'Diamonds' at her audition also made an appearance at the event.
 "Home away from home" is how I would describe this past weekend. The pub's garden had a full on Braai with Pap, Boerewors, Chakalaka, Braai meat along with a variety of Southern African Alcoholic beverages. People were speaking in their mother tongues and the Kwaito and House music was blaring through the speakers; this took me back home, until a harsh moment of reality hit me as I realised I was quite cold, yes you guessed it - typical British weather. Everyone's spirits were lifted and I met some amazing people. The ladies were rocking some lovely statement beaded pieces from all over Africa and the men in their Springbok t-shirts. The Southern African talent we have in this country is overwhelming and I am looking forward to the future, where we put South Africa on the map. The event, sponsored by Nedbank, was a huge success with it's proceedings going to the charity Chiva Africa, who help save children with HIV in South Africa. 
Braai (Bbq) Meat, Chakalaka & Pap


Ladies donning some African Accessories 

Asanda Jezile (BGT 2013) 

Noni Zondi with brothers 2Kriss 
 Mpho x


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