Category: <span>Nationhood</span>

16 June 2022 Today is Youth Day – Let’s all lead by example

Today is Youth Day – Let’s all lead by example
16 June 2022

16 June 1976 was a very dark day for South Africa as many students lost their lives during an uprising against the Apartheid Government who issued a directive that Afrikaans should become the medium of instruction in schools. Students marched peacefully to protest and demonstrate against the Government’s directive but were met with force by heavily armed police, causing the uprising that ended tragically.

Those who lost their lives that day did not do so in vain as they helped to expose the brutality of the Apartheid Government, which received more international revulsion afterward. There are many lessons that 16 June 1976 has taught us, one of which is to lead by example. In other words, show, don’t tell.

Many children and students have already lost hope because of the COVID pandemic, not returning to school, and falling victim to drugs and alcohol abuse. It is up to the entire country to assist Government, NGOs, and parents to turn issues around and break the vicious cycle of hopelessness.

Leading by example can be many things and encouragement is one of them.

Maybe you are someone who fell into the same trap and managed to get out of it. If so, why not share your experiences with someone you know are in need of your positive message? Explain to them the challenges you faced but that it was not impossible. Show them the positive results your actions yielded and if you can, commit yourself to walk a journey with them.

Even if you have not had the unfortunate experience of staying away from school, you can help through encouragement and being there for others.

Remember, this is not something you have to do on your own. Ask your parents, teachers, community and religious leaders for advice.

Follow the example of those who stood together on 16 June 1976 and help rebuild a legacy of a prosperous South Africa.

 

24 September 2021 Heritage Month – in celebration of struggle icons

Heritage Month – a celebration of struggle icons

Heritage Month in September and Heritage Day on 24 September in particular is commemorated annually to mark our nation’s diverse culture and heritage.

The 2021 theme for Heritage Month is “The year of Charlotte Maxeke: Celebrating South Africa’s Intangible Cultural Heritage”. This year’s theme pays tribute to the 150th anniversary of the liberation struggle heroin and human right activist Charlotte Maxeke. She is being celebrated to inspire the women of this country to follow her example.

Heritage Month is also an opportunity to commemorate the centenaries of our late resistance and liberation struggle icons, and honour their contributions towards a free and democratic South Africa.

Let us continue honour and celebrate these struggle icons!

ENDS

Garden Route District Municipality on Springboks winning Rugby World Cup

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Garden Route District Municipality congratulates the national rugby team, the mighty Springboks, for winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Equally, we extend our congratulations to the technical support team that worked with the Boks that led to the magnificent win.

The #StrongerTogether team powered ahead in Yokohoma, beating England with a score of 32-12.

This is our 3rd World Cup victory in just 25 years. As a young nation, we pride ourselves in the strides we have made in developing our sporting fraternity. We are particularly proud of our captain, Siyathanda Kolisi who is our first African captain to lead the team to a world cup victory.

The euphoria created by the sterling performance of the Boks has brought together people of different races, cultures and walks of life and united them for a common purpose. Once again, sport has proven to be a critical part of knitting together the social fabric of our nation. Transformation in our sporting codes and at grassroots levels are vital to strengthening sports in the country.

GRDM thanks the fans and all South Africans, especially those from the Garden Route and across the globe for their continuous support to the South African team throughout the various stages of the World Cup. The united spirit displayed during this World Cup shows us that South Africa can overcome any challenge through determination and by working together. We are indeed #StrongerTogether.