As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of June 16, South Africans, young and old are forced to face whether or not the blood shed by the youth of 1976 was worth it and to take stock of how far we have come and how far we still need to go as a nation.
As has been seen through violent student protest and youth anger, the legacy of South Africa's racially divided past continues to rear its ugly head in South Africa's democracy. However, amid all this tension, Greg Fillmore, Managing Director of Rosebank College advises young people to use their voice and not violence to effect the change they want to see. "The way in which opinion is expressed is critical. Consultation with the proper authorities is required to bring about change as violence will be met with violent reaction from law enforcement agencies," he says. "It is incumbent of the youth of today to look ahead, to be a part of where this country is going. Simply sitting back and observing developments isn't enough anymore," he adds.
(Video created by Senzeni Mashabane, a journalist of the Rosebank College Student Journalism Project)
Despite recent improvements, South Africa's unemployment rate remains exceedingly high by global standards with 1 in 4 South African's being unemployed. This high unemployment contributes to much of the social tension, especially among the youth.
"Financing studies is a real issue for young people, however there are many options available. The challenge is to find the option which best suit individual needs. These will differ from student to student. Another challenge is preparing for jobs which may possibly not even exist yet. With rapid technological development comes employment opportunities which are innovative and unique. Being willing to take the chance on these opportunities requires passion and a willingness to pioneer," adds Fillmore.
(Video created by journalists of the Rosebank College Student Journalism Project).
"While the youth of 1976 fought for equal, quality education, the youth of today have the opportunity to get educated. It is only through dedicating themselves to lifelong learning and identifying opportunities that many will be able to live up to their potential," concludes Fillmore.
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