LEPHALALE — Lephalale Sustainers Activa8as (LSA) held their pre-June 16 commemorations in style this past Saturday. Many South Africans dress in school uniforms on 16 June each year to celebrate Youth Day. This year marked 43 years since some infamous incidents in Soweto (the Soweto uprising) caught the attention of the world.
The commemoration was held at Lephalale Mall and began with a fun walk from 07:00 until 08:00 and was followed by aerobics and fitness exercises with TFL until after 10:30.
According to LSA Coordinator, Lesego Magwai, there is a need to change the mindset of the youth with how they celebrate Youth Day.
Under the #Rememberingyouthof1976, three local schools responded to and honoured the invitation to take part in drama, poetry and debate.
The theme for the debate was “Children under 14 years should not be allowed access to social media”. Participating schools were Mabalane Seleka Technical School as well as Tielelo Secondary School. Nelsonskop Primary School took part in a Spelling Bee competition.
“We invited schools to participate in these educationally meaningful activities so that we can add learning value to the original meaning of 16 June. The truth is that 16 June commemorations have gone astray and we must change the way Youth Day is celebrated,” Magwai said.
Activities that were on offer during the commemoration highlighted some of the social ills such as the youth not taking advice from their elders and challenges that are experienced as a result of the destruction caused by social media, resulting in moral decay.
“We also made sure we give medals to the participants as a token of appreciation for their participation.
“In restoring the dignity of our people we also had donations to assist us in getting sanitary towels for the girls who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and we managed to collect 100 packets,” Magwai explained.
The Mmamogashwa crew assisted with acting and entertainment, and the Kopano crew helped with transporting the children from school.
At the end of the activities, participating schools earned medals for their efforts in the activities they competed. Mabalane Seleka Technical School received a gold medal in the debate, and Tielelo Secondary School were runners-up.
The learners of Nelsonskop proved to be the champions of Spelling Bee as they received a gold medal.
Some of the guests for the day included Mjamaica from Botswana, Gift (Fannie) Mokhapanyane from the popular TV series “Skeem Saam” as well as the golden girl who went to study in the US recently, Kamogelo Phahladira.