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2023 marks the 47th anniversary of the June 16 Soweto and other related uprisings. The Soweto uprising ended tragically with hundreds of young people brutally killed. This tragedy became a rallying point that inspired a nation and a people to rise up against the brutal apartheid system.

Following the advent of democracy in 1994, the new democratic government declared 16 June as National Youth Day and June as Youth Month. This year National Youth Day and Youth Month will be celebrated under the theme: “Accelerating youth economic emancipation for a sustainable future”.

The Youth Month launch will take place on 01 June 2023, at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Orlando West, Soweto where the full Youth Month programme will also be unveiled.

The Youth Day Commemoration Official Event will take place in Bloemfontein, Free State Province, in the form of an Opportunities Expo with real-time opportunities for over 4000 young people.

The 2023 Youth Month will focus on a spectrum of opportunities for young people in the private sector, public sector, and civil society across the spectrum. This includes employment, entrepreneurship, skills development, and youth service opportunities and a range of support to assist young people to find traction in the labor market.

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