NATIONAL NEWS - Today, June 16, is celebrated annually in South Africa as Youth Day.
Youth Day commemorates The Soweto Uprising - a series of high school student-led protests in Soweto that began on the morning of June 16, 1976.
Students from numerous Sowetan schools protested in the streets of Soweto in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools.
An estimated 20 000 students took part in the protests, and roughly 176 people were killed.
Youth Day celebrations in George
Fun Sports Day
The SAPS George, in collaboration with other organisations such as Badisa and the Seven Passes Initiative, hosts a fun Sports Day at Touwsranten's sport ground and community hall.
The events will start with a fun run at 08:00 after which the youth will be divided into rugby, soccer and netball teams. An obstacle course, board games and a dance competition at 19:00 await the children, aged between 5 and 15.
Life Community Services' mini-Olympics fun day
Life Community Services' mini-Olympics fun day will take place at their kitchen premises, corner of Main Road and Sandkraal Road, between 09:30 and 13:00. Fun games (jumping castle, races) and food will be the order of the day. An entrance fee of R5 for adults and R2 for children will be charged for visitors. Contact Life at 044 873 6601.
KidStop celebrates Youth Day
KidStop in Borcherds are celebrating their day with games and a talk about Youth day and the importance of youth, a discussion which follows on from the Kidstop camp theme, "My life, my investment."
The day runs from 12:00 till 15:00 and children between the ages of 6 and 18 years will be catered for. Contact KidStop at 044 875 1794 or Jonathan Gelderbloem on 082 687 2588.
George Municipality Youth Day programme
George Municipality presents a Youth Day programme at Outeniqua Park starting at 13:00. Mayor Charles Standers will address the youth while the Pacaltsdorp Brass Band and 'Working on Fire' will entertain the attendees.