Why is June 16th important to me?

Youth Day commemorates the Soweto Uprising which took place on 16th June 1976 where thousands of black students were protesting against having to learn in Afrikaans during the Apartheid regime. It is important to me because it marks a day that changed the lives of South African youth forever because youth now have access to education that is taught in a medium of instruction that students can understand.

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The break of a new dawn: A journey of perseverance

We all have desires to break away from our current situations and to leave a mark. Well, that was me; a girl from Emdeni, a place where failure is the order of the day and success is just a myth. I only had one vision in mind which was to turn the myth into a reality. At that time, I had no clue how I was going to achieve my dream. The only thing I had at my disposal was an urge to avoid failure.

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I hated high school!

I know that this is not something that is uncommon because many individuals shared their experiences with me. So, where should I start? Could it be at the beginning where I absolutely hated high school? Or the part where I was failing English (to my standard), the subject that I excelled in every other year besides Grade 9? Imagine, Grade 9.

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The Kasi Dream

People have always been singing endless praises about Cape Town. The first time I went there was on a school trip. We drove around and there was this weirdness about it. How can one group of people live in so much luxury, while others are fighting for mere survival? I am a girl from the township, and I have always known that there was a better life outside of what I had known.

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“Get a life!”, they said

As young people we are told to go to school, get an education so we can get a life, build something for ourselves and those around us. These words tend to leave a lot of young people under pressure, because some more than others are stunned by what getting a life looks like. It would seem that society has a certain standard of what getting a life should look like for those in their 20s or 30s.

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How to lose R1000: A mask era

I am sharing my experience as open awareness especially for the youth in rural communities where wearing a mask is still treated like a rumour. It’s real! We are so far gone into the pandemic that a time where we lived without a mask is a fantasy. It is hard to imagine a life without one even with the vaccines having arrived in South Africa.

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