The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

06/15/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/15/2024 03:59

Deputy President Paul Mashatile to address the National Youth Day Commemoration in Polokwane, Limpopo Province

Deputy President Paul Mashatile will on Sunday, 16 June 2023, address the 48th anniversary of the Youth Day Commemoration at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, under the theme: "Actively embracing the socio-economic gains of our democracy".

The National Youth Day commemoration is an annual event that recollects the sacrifices of South Africa's youth in the fight for democracy, an event immortalised by the Soweto Uprising of the 16th of June 1976. This important national day provides an opportunity, for our country, to commemorate and honour the bravery of young people and to champion youth development in South Africa.

As the country marks and celebrates the 30 Years of Freedom, as well as the recent successful national and provincial elections held, which pave a way for the 7th Administration, Deputy President Mashatile will highlight on progress made in improving the lives of young people and also reflect on the remaining challenges which require immediate attention.

Government working together with all relevant stakeholders, will continue, to promote initiatives aimed at improving the physical and mental well-being of young peoples; address the challenge of substance abuse, crime, and gender-based violence; promote academic excellence and economic participation as well as improve efforts to strengthen solidarity and social cohesion amongst the youth.

The commemoration will in this regard, include an expo which will showcase opportunities relating to skills training, learnerships, bursaries, careers and entrepreneurship, and it will be marked by a wide range of activities, commencing with a marathon in the morning, bringing together young people together with various sporting personalities and government representatives, followed by a cultural programme which will include a music concert, cultural dances, and poetry.

Deputy President Mashatile will be accompanied by Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Acting Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture, Ms. Maropene; Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr. Ronald Lamola; Premier- elect of the Limpopo Province, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba and NYDA Chairperson, Ms. Asanda Luwaca, Local and District Mayors, as well as a delegation of senior government officials.

Details of the commemorative event are as follows:
Date: Sunday, 16 June 2024
Time: 09h00
Venue: Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo Province

For more information please contact, Sam Bopape on 082 318 5251.

Media enquiries: Mr Keith Khoza, Acting Spokesperson to Deputy President Mashatile on 066 195 8840

Issued by: The Presidency