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Government calls on youth to participate in Youth Day celebrations

11 June 2015

11 June 2015

This year marks 39 years since the 16 June 1976 Uprisings and 21 years since South Africa attained freedom. The theme for the 2015 Youth Month; “Youth Moving South Africa Forward” implies an action-oriented approach that recognises the role that the youth of South Africa have played and are still playing to move the country forward.

Acting Cabinet Spokesperson, Phumla Williams said: “In pursuit of the Youth Month theme, we encourage youth to wear sneakers on Youth Day and participate in the Youth Walk taking place in the City of Tshwane, as a way of signifying or acknowledging their role in achieving the vision of this country”.

This week President Jacob Zuma launched the Presidential Youth Working Group, which comprises of Deputy Ministers and youth organisations, to promote youth participation in governance and policy making.

Young people are encouraged to follow the pledge #YouthPledge2015 on Twitter and share their ideas on how they Move South Africa Forward.  The official hashtag for Youth month celebration is #YouthMonth2015.

Throughout Youth Month, Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers will embark on outreach programmes focusing on the youth across the country. Government calls on the youth to participate and contribute in the dialogues”, said Williams.

The main Youth Day celebration will be held on the 16th June, at the Pretoria Showgrounds in the City of Tshwane. The day will start with an inter-faith prayer session led by young religious leaders at Freedom Park, followed by a Youth Walk from Freedom Park to the Tshwane Events Centre where the main event will commence.

Acting Cabinet Spokesperson
Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139

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