INNOVATION TASK FORCE TEAM SHOUT-OUT FOR YOUTH DAY We cannot acknowledge pivotal dates in South African history without giving special mention to 16 June 1976, the day we have come to recognise nationally as Youth Day. Youth Day 2015 comes nearly 40 years after the Soweto uprising that we commemorate each year. A catalyst which sparked revolutionary change in South Africa’s socio-political climate continues to inspire young and not-so-young people alike. People often say that “the children are the future” yet forget the immense power in realising that the youth are the present. South Africa is a young nation with more than half of our population of 54 million people younger than 30 years old. An astounding 30% of our population is under the age of 15. However, the power of the youth is not located in this numerical value. It is in the hearts, minds, souls and voices of the individual and collective young people who forge their path as a new generation in the 21st century. Ignited by the message of national Youth Day, our youthful team – the SPICE4LIFE Innovation Task Force Team – shares what it means to us to be youth in the 21st century through poetry and prose. Luke Styer 4 Youth Patuxolo Mfazwe 4 Youth Kirsten Arendse 4 Youth Aiden Roems 4 Youth Ziyanda Phikiso 4 Youth Ruweida Valla 4 Youth Abongile Best 4 Youth Jesse-Lee Rowe 4 Youth Bonolo Mothibi 4 Youth Sinazo Tshapha 4 Youth Susanne Dekker 4 Youth Tasneema Diest 4 Youth Zazu Zungu 4 Youth Phedre N’Goua 4 Youth Alexendra Arendse 4 Youth Busisiwe Matutu 4 Youth Ana De Deus 4 Youth Andria Manuel 4 Youth Thandi Mbatha 4 Youth Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.