Jun 15
The fruits of June 16 1976 enjoyed today

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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

spirit.


 “I can still hear the cries of the students and the sound of the bullets when the police where shooting at us; the 

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

College student. 


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. 

Laduma Ngxokolo

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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

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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

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 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. 

 

ENDS

About IIE Rosebank College

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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,

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Written by Karabo Keepile