It's almost Youth Day, celebrated on 16 June, and we encourage South African families to spend some time together exploring our country’s heritage. If you are one of the lucky ones who took a long weekend, make it a memorable one!
Youth Day history
On 16 June we celebrate Youth Day in South Africa. A celebration commemorating the brave acts of Soweto youths in 1976.
Under the apartheid regime, black school children were to receive education in Afrikaans and English. Teachers were ill-equipped to teach scholars in their third language and scholars opposed the policy that was forced by Apartheid government. Roughly 20 000 school children gathered from all directions at Orlando West Secondary School in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, in protest of receiving education in Afrikaans.
What would then turn a peaceful march to Orlando Stadium into teargas shooting and stone-throwing at scholars.
Gunshots, weeks of riots and hundreds of victims followed. As a result of the riots, the government received international pressure to transform their policies.
Today, 16 June symbolises the importance of South Africa’s youth and we come together in honouring the progress that our country has made.
This year, we encourage families throughout South Africa to participate in a celebration of our country’s natural, historical and cultural richness.
Here are our suggestions across SA:
CAPE TOWN BOOK SALE (16 - 18 June)
Cape Town's very first ever Book Sale invites bookworms from all over the Mother City and around to get their hands on some rare and inexpensive reads. The event will be hosted at Avenue at the V&A Waterfront, and there will be more books for lower prices than you’ve ever seen in one place.
On sale there will be kiddies books, cooking books, colouring books, novels, crime, autobiographies and every other genre under the sun.
Cost: Tickets can be purchased online via Webtickets.co.za or at the door on the day of the event and ranges from R25 - R125 per person.
Contact: Please contact the organisers directly on 021 671 7670.
The James Sedgwick Distillery (16 - 17 June)
Nothing beats celebrating Youth Day than witnessing first-hand how whiskies are crafted through the various stages from raw material to distillation and maturation.
This event also includes an exclusive tasting of three whiskies paired with five generous sample dishes to complement the aromas found within our whiskies. Only 10 guests per session.
Cost: R350 per person and booking is essential as tickets cannot be purchased at the distillery.
Contact: Simon Dicks at 072 415 3440 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Black's Brewery (16 June)
Jack Black’s Brewery recently opened their new premises in Diep River, and what better way to celebrate this day with craft beer, gourmet burgers served from their Food Truck Fridays and live music with good friends.
At the event, they will have all of their beers on tap; Brewers Lager, Atlantic Weiss, Cape Pale Ale, Keller Pils, Butcher Block, Lumberjack and Skeleton Coast..
Cost: Free entrance.
Contact: Jack Black 021 286 1220 / email@example.com
Youth Day entrepreneurial kids market (16 June)
Young Capetonians will showcase their flair for business at the Young Entrepreneurs Pocket Money Market at the V&A Waterfront.
Starting at 11:00 'til 14:00, approximately 40 young traders will occupy 26 stalls on the first floor above the Watershed Craft Market and each stall will be manned by one or more children selling unique products, as the kids compete for the Entrepreneur of the Day crown.
At 14:00, one lucky entrepreneur will receive a prize of R1 000 to add to their already significant piggy bank for the day. The prize will be awarded to traders that show ingenuity, creativity and originality.
Cost: See online for bookings
Contact: Linda Wilson 083 384 0590
South African Children Book Fair 2017 (15 - 18 June)
Nurture your child's imagination by taking them to the very first South Africa's Children Book Fair. The event is the perfect way for both young and old to indulge in their love of reading.
You can expect an interactive workshop, captivating storytelling, book launch and more. Treat yourself and your little ones to this inspirational event, filled with loads of entertaining books to immerse yourself in.
Cost: R20 - R50
Contact: Birchwood Hotel 011 897 0000 / firstname.lastname@example.org
ICON Comics & Games Convention
Join locals in and around Jozi for the 25th-anniversary edition of ICON Comics & Games Convention and celebrate comics, cosplay, tabletop and computer gaming and more.
Cost: R120 for a day pass, R250 for the weekend, VIP pass R995, kids under 12 are free on Youth Day.
Contact: Grant Charlton at 0828237199 / email@example.com
June 16 YouthDayCelebration - Zone 6 Venue (16 June)
What better way to celebrate Youth Day than taking it back to where it all began, the township in Zone 6 with a massive line up and crazy entertainment with the likes of Okmalumekoolkat, TKZee, Gemini Major, DA L.E.S and many more.
Wear your uniforms and keep the culture alive!
Cost: General R100 / VIP 200.
My Freedom Concert featuring Sivu Mdamba (16 June)
On the evening of Youth Day, The Jazzy Rainbow is treating you to a jazz performance from Durbs very own master, Sivu Mdamba, along side Lungelo Ngcobo, Sanele Phakathi, Jose Matabola and many more.
Cost: Entrance fee 70 Rand including a free drink.
Contact: Freedom concert - Evensi
Sun Xa Experiment (15 - 17 June)
The ancestral world music avante garde live band from Soweto, Johannesburg is bringing their infusion sounds to Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge with an aim to reach across borders that music cannot, and be able to communicate with the world and heal in the process.
Cost: Free entrance.
Contact: Cody 082 855 9767 / firstname.lastname@example.org
A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald & Erroll Garner (16 - 18 June)
The Rhumbelow Theatre is commemorating fallen stars, Ella Fitzgerald & Erroll Garner, with exquisite performances from Kerry Cherry alongside her the band accompanied by the style of the great Erroll Garner. This show will highlight the extraordinary talent these musicians displayed during their era and will be relived now with the band Heather groove.
Cost: Tickets range from R100 - R150
Contact: Cell 0824998636 / email@example.com
Legacy Run 2017 ( 16 June)
As we look at our future as a country, there is no doubt that we have challenges ahead of us and Legacy Run believe that within these challenges lie some of the greatest opportunities for all citizens to make a positive change, and we are calling on you to consider being a part of our mission to see 'transformation through education'.
This family 2km and 5km run forms part of our fundraising drive to raise funds for bursaries and development, providing students from underprivileged backgrounds with access to a quality, private school education and go a long way to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Cost: R100 for team of 5 and R30 for single ticket.
Contact: Shanelle at 0333303456 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride For The Youth Family Day ( 16 June)
On Friday, 16 June the Friendly City will celebrate Ride For the Youth at Baywest Mall mountain bike trails in partnership with Fat tracks MTB Club, NUTRITECH and Old Mutual with the starting as early as 08:30 for kids.
Cost: Register online
Contact: Paul Roux at 083 798 77 44 / email@example.com
Baakens Food Truck Friday
Eating your heart out at Baakens Food Truck Friday is the best way to celebrate Youth Day. A gathering of the very best in local food trucks and a showcase of Port Elizabeth's finest street food traders.
Cost: Free Entry
Contact: Grant at 082 367 1864 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Viva Township Art Festival (16 - 17 June)
This Youth Day, join artists and lovers of art, for the annual Viva Township Art Festival, Mamelodi and sleep over at the Viva Village in the Alaska Informal Settlement. The vibe is unforgettable and it is for a good cause.