Our youth, our future.

Celebrating Youth Month 2024: Honouring the Past, Embracing the Future

Date: 14 June 2024 By: Elardus van Zyl

Each year in June, South Africa commemorates Youth Month as a tribute to the brave youth of 1976 who, 48 years ago, fought against the apartheid regime in defense of their right to education. In 2024, we also celebrate the strides made by the youth during 30 years of democracy in the country.

This year, the country commemorates Youth Day as part of its 30 years of democracy under the theme: "Actively embracing the socioeconomic gains of our democracy."

Join us for the National Youth Day Commemoration on 16 June 2024 at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane as we pay tribute to the heroes of the 1976 student uprising.

Before the formal program, the leadership will engage with real-time opportunities available for young people, as well as fitness activities. Tune in to the government’s social media platforms as we reflect on this important day and present various opportunities to our young people.

This message is brought to you by the National Youth Development Agency, an entity of the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities.

Our Youth. Our Future!

This year, we commemorate Youth Month under the theme: "Actively embracing the socioeconomic gains of our democracy."

The National Youth Development Agency, together with the government, will lead collaborative efforts with other key economic role players to ensure that young people have access to real-time opportunities for their personal and collective development. By working together to move South Africa forward, we enable young people to become change-makers and a driving force for the effective transformation of our country into a better place for all.

This is an effort to remember the heroes of the 1976 student uprising and to also celebrate 30 years of democracy.

For more information on youth development programs, visit

This message is brought to you by the Government of South Africa.

Our Youth. Our Future!


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