JOHANNESBURG: The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will – this year – celebrates the life and times of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, the Executive Board Chairperson, Sifiso Mtshweni said: “We decided to honour the June 16 generation by bestowing the head offices of youth development in remembrance of one of the conceptualists and leader of the student protest in Soweto which spread across the whole of the country.”
The Youth Day event will also be attended by the President Cyril Ramaphosa alongside the Department of Arts and Culture.
According to Mtsweni, “The Department of Arts and Culture, the NYDA and the Presidency will this year host the Youth Day on June 16, 2018. This year’s celebrations will be held at Orlando Stadium, Soweto.”
“On the Day we will also be joined by the President in the remembrance walk from Morris Isaacson to the Orlando Stadium,” he said.
Ramaphosa has been promoting healthy lifestyle across the country since taking over from former President Jacob Zuma in February this year.
Meanwhile, Mtsweni said they have succeeded to have the theme for this year approved. This year’s theme for Youth Month 2018 is Live the Legacy: Towards A Socio-Economically Empowered Youth.
“As the NYDA we continue to encourage young people to emulate the values and virtues of our heroes and heroines. Young people should live the legacy,” he said.
“We took a conscious decision that this year we will honour those who sought to sacrifice their lives in pursuit of the freedom of others, this is why this year we, in commemoration of the life and times of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, were also joined by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr David Mabuza in celebrating the success of one hundred (100) beneficiaries of the Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund which was the first batch of graduates,” he said.
“This fund was established to honour his fearlessness and not bending commitment to the people of South Africa,” Mtsweni said.
The Agency has earlier this month announced that they are in discussion with the Minister of Communications and Film and Productions Board to have the much popular movie ‘Kalushi’ to be aired in all channels of the South African Broadcasting Corporations (SABC) on 16 June.
“The agency has begun discussions on the broadcasting of the movie Kalushi: The story of Solomon Mahlangu on youth day (16 June), across SABC channels to ensure that a story of martyrdom and sacrifice by young people for our liberation reverberates and guides all youth in their various endeavours.
“Because to us young people remain the greatest asset and guarantor for the future of South Africa,” added Mtsweni.