A message to the Youth from East Coast Breakfast

A message to the Youth from East Coast Breakfast

June 16 is Youth Day and we will be celebrating the efforts and sacrifices that were made for a prosperous future. Darren, Keri, and Sky have a message for South Africa.

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Shanice Pillay

Darren, Keri, and Sky have different yet meaningful messages for the Youth of 2019. Each sharing messages from their youthful years of experience. 

Here's a brief history about Youth Day:

According to the South African government online website, when the language of Afrikaans was made compulsory as a medium of instruction in schools in 1974, black students began mobilising themselves. On 16 June 1976, between 3,000 and 10,000 students - mobilised by the South African Students Movement's Action Committee supported by the BCM, marched peacefully to demonstrate and protest against the government’s directive. The march was meant to culminate in a rally at Orlando Stadium.

On their way, they were met by heavily armed police who fired teargas and later live ammunition on demonstrating students. This resulted in a widespread revolt that turned into an uprising against the government. While the uprising began in Soweto, it spread across the country and carried on until the following year.

The aftermath of the events of June 16 1976 had dire consequences for the Apartheid government. Images of the police firing on peacefully-demonstrating students led to an international revulsion against South Africa as its brutality was exposed.

Here is what the Breakfast trio would like to impart on the youth of 2019:

Darren, with his thought-provoking yet insightful messages, always leaves one thinking about the topic at hand. Youth Day is about remembering your youth and not letting anyone take that away from you.

Keri advises all South Africans should enjoy their Youth, no matter their age. Live youthfully and enjoy your life.

Sky has praise for the youth for making significant strides in this era. From creating hashtags to becoming members of Parliament, he believes this generation is the ultimate GOAT.

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