The setting of June 16, 1976 may have been grim and dark, but it paved the way for the the youth who came after that
dreadful day. It may have happened many moons ago, yet some still remember it as if it were yesterday. They remember
the sombre events of that day as it brought fourth immense pain and suffering, blood pools caused by the turmoil of the
“I can still hear the cries of
the students and the sound of the bullets when the police where shooting at us;
burning smoke of the teargas which filled the atmosphere. It haunts me
every time I think about the people we
lost,” says 60-year-old Eunice Mvithi
who was among the marching students.
Today we celebrate the brave actions taken by the youth of 1976 against the apartheid regime, a day that is known
as South Africa's first real fight for freedom.
"This day means a lot, as the youth of that day fought for the education that we enjoy today. We are taught with any language that
we want. I am glad that Bantu education was eradicated because it was unreasonable," says Sphamandla Sithole (20), an IIE Rosebank
On this day the young people of South Africa lost their lives, parents lost their children, many lost brothers, sisters and most
of all the country lost strong, bold and brave leaders. This day saw the youth take matters into their own hands, in attempts
of fighting for what they believed would be a brighter future. The future South Africans are living in today. A future where the
voices of black people can be heard and they can dream without limitations.
"The government should be strict and structured in the celebrations around June 16 so that young people can be educated about
it in an impactful way. There should be people in schools explaining what happened so that the young people are clear on the events
of the day and what that means for them," says Boitumelo Moloi an IIE Diploma in Public Relations student at Rosebank College.
Today the country has young black designers, chefs, pilots, manufactures, technicians, engineers, you name it. These are the young people
who have refused the blood shed on that fateful day to be in vain. Today we have young black designers, the likes of Laduma Ngxokolo
is one such young person.He is a passionate young black fashion designer who has shown that dreams do come true. His brand, Maxhosa,
established in 2011 has taken the country and the world by storm.
As a Xhosa man, proud of his culture, Laduma felt the need to create and develop premium knitwear that celebrates
traditional Xhosa culture and beadwork, using South African mohair and wool. He has since received numerous
opportunities to showcase his works in places such as the Palazzo Morando show in Milan, Italy. He was also awarded
the 2014 WeTransfer Scholarship to pursue a masters in Material Futures at the Central St. Martins and graduated in 2016.
Gugu Nonijinge is a young powerful agent of change, who has a deep passion for uplifting the lives of African
women. Her company- LeBrunch SA- facilitates a social platform that engages young women from diverse
backgrounds to connect and network.
Ludwick Marishane, born and bred in Limpopo came up with a gel that he branded "Dry Gel " ,a gel substance
that compares to taking a bath. Not only does his invention save water but it also saves time.
Needless to say South Africa still has strong and courageous young people that are not only innovative but
also bold and brave enough to take a stand in steering this country in the direction of success. It's with no
doubt that the spirit of the youth of 1976 still lives on, even after 40 years. The blood that was shed on this
day has continued to inspire today's young people to aim for the stars.
About IIE Rosebank College
The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build
successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which
is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality,
accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world. Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein,
Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside or Durban campuses, and enrol for a degree, diploma or higher certificate.
We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development.
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Written by Karabo Keepile