1 - 30 June
In 1994, June 16 was declared as commemoration of National Youth Day in South Africa. This is the day the country reflects on the massacre of school children during the Soweto Uprising of 1976. Each year, June 16 is therefore a day to recognise the struggles of the youth of 76 and celebrate the impact they brought in the liberation of our country.
The year 2022, will mark 46 years since the 1976 Student uprising. As part of the youth month programme, there will also be commemoration of the Youth Day.
South Africa is fortunate to have a youthful nation. However, the recent unemployment statistics pertaining to young people is cause for concern.
In helping drawing more young people into the economy, government has under the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention initiated various youth development and empowerment initiatives to support young people.
It ranges from formal education and training; learnerships and internships as well as support for youth entrepreneurship. Our initiatives provide the necessary support for young people to take on their challenges and win.
The 2022 call to action continue to encourage the youth and media to follow Youth Month conversations and stay engaged in all platforms, where the messages are communicated.
As outlined in the theme: Promoting sustainable livelihoods and resilience of young people for a better tomorrow the call to action will be for youth to:
- Forge resilience and pursue opportunities for a sustainable livelihood, today and in the future.