Sports, art and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa started the youth month together with the minister in the presidium for women, youth and people with disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, under the motto “Youth Power: Growing South Africa together in the time of COVID-19 “.
The topic is a call to young people to do their part to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“As we try to create a better world, as young people you will be the leaders of this world, and so this is probably the most important month of June in our memory of democratic history,” said Waseem Carrim, CEO of National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), at the virtual start.
The following activities take place in June:
- The NYDA is currently holding until. a youth monthly competition June 30th. Weekly prizes include data, routers and tablets, etc.
- NYDA runs the Biz Alive Campaign, which encourages young entrepreneurs to submit information about their businesses to market on the agency’s platforms. The campaign started on June 2nd.
- The Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture leads the Youth in Creative Industries webinar series to introduce and profile young people in the fields of design, performing arts and visual arts . The creative webinar series runs through June 30, 2020.
- On June 14, the NYDA will also host National Youth Service Day to showcase programs and work carried out by 13 National Youth Service Programs from various departments were.
- NYDA will host a nationwide webinar on the Youth Micro Enterprise Relief Fund on Monday June 15 to outline progress and introduce the fund’s beneficiaries.
- The South African State Theater will stage a drama called “The Fall” from June 15 to July 5, 2020. This open collaborative effort is based on #RhodesMustFall, #FeesMustFall and the subsequent student movement demonstrations in 2015 and 2016. “The Fall” will add its voice to the national and global debate and youth-led revolutions against injustice, inequality in education, and cultural representation many other contemporary conflicts.
- The government ministry of Mpumalanga Province will set up the Provincial Youth Day on June 15, 2020 as a federal youth day event. This will be a virtual commemoration with a subsequent cultural program.
- The virtual commemoration for the National Youth Day on June 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. will take place in the form of a dialogue with young people under the direction of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
- The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture will host an online art exhibition showing the suffering and traumatic experiences of young people during the South African war. The exhibition runs from June 17 to June 30, 2020.
- The Women, Youth and People with Disabilities Unit is hosting a webinar on menstrual health management to examine how young women are affected by the pandemic . As a result of the lockdown, the supply lines for sanitary products distributed across schools were interrupted. This webinar examines how the government is responding to this, as well as other challenges young women face when it comes to managing their menstrual cycle with dignity. (Date: TBC)
The whole country is encouraged to participate in Youth Month by recognizing the present and future role of youth in shaping the country’s social and economic landscape.