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Lest we Forget, focus on Youth Unemployment!

By Mzukona Mantshontsho,

Friday 16 June 2023 should be a reminder of the 47th year of the struggles by the Class of 1976 to bring democracy in our country.
The Class of 1976 was forced to learn all their subjects in school in Afrikaans. The learners of 1976 said NO MORE!
The Class of 1976 was met by a regime of the day with aggression, bloodshed as well as fatalities. The Youth of 1976 fought so that we can enjoy the opportunities we have today.
Let us take a stand to correct all the ills in our communities, workplaces, churches, and schools. The youth of 2020 must enjoy the fruits of liberation.
Let’s spend more time at school and work and less time at night-clubs, taverns and shebeens. Let us take a stand against Nyaope, Unprotected Sex, Xenophobia, Drug and Substance Abuse.
Let us do our best as learners today to live up to the struggles that the Class of 1976 fought for!

Every time new leadership is introduced to the fight against COVID-19, it allows for new enthusiasm, innovations, ideas and a change of mindset.
Observing the politics, emotions and theatrics at play every time there is a change in leadership; people react either with enthusiasm or strong resistance.
Our reaction to this new leadership is based on the reputation of the existing leadership in government, combined with expectations and hopes of improvement from the new one. Either way, the introduction of new leadership brings with it a weird mixture of uncertainty, combined with hope and excitement.

If we do not like our leaders, we must banish them, if we do not like our government, we must fight to change it. If we do not like the way things are going, we must speak out and stop it. Building a great South Africa is the job of each one of us. We can never entrust that to just a few people seated in the comfortable seats of parliament – but we can direct them.
Motshekga assured the public that the government would be implementing safety measures to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus in reopened schools.

“We are aware of the impact of the loadshedding on families and society in general. It is unprecedented. As a result, an increase in social, mental, psychological and emotional difficulties among learners, educators and officials are anticipated, due to losses and trauma experienced through loadshedding and job losses,” said Motshekga.

The disruptions will impact severely the disadvantaged boys and girls and their families. Let us be meticulous about washing our hands, avoiding handshakes, boosting our immune systems by eating well, minimising unnecessary stress and getting enough exercise and fresh air. NationalYouthDay!


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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