On June 16 1976, a demonstration in Soweto, led largely by high school students angered at the apartheid government, was met with a brutal crackdown by police and set off a wave of protests and violent conflicts across South Africa.  The day is now immortalized as Youth Day, an annual public holiday in which South Africans remember the significance of the Soweto Uprisings and the bravery of those involved, as well as the importance of supporting the youth.

For the past six years Youth Day celebration in Lekwa has taken a shape within a context of political, economic, social discussions and debates, of which the emphasis is more directed to formal speeches and youth dialogues. Young people are channeled to discussion of adverse political and socio-economic challenges that are characterized by the history of South Africa.

Lekwa Local Municipality commemorated 2017 Youth Day on the 24th of June 2017 at the Sakhile Stadium which was also being officially opening of the stadium following the recent renovations. Lekwa Local Municipality’s objectives for the above mentioned programme were as follows:

 ·      To encourage young people and adults in knowing their HIV status,

·      To enhance participation in sport at local level,

·      Youth development,

·      To develop and sustain sports infrastructure within the Municipality,

·      To identify hidden talent in all wards within the Lekwa area of jurisdiction;

·      To create access to different sporting codes for all community members

·      To encourage the youth and adults to go for medical circumcision,

·      Career exhibitions,

·      Business Expo

The event started with the children’s rally on Gender based Violence in collaboration with Solo Bikers, stakeholders and larger community. Upon arrival at the Sakhile Stadium the programme of the day started and the Executive Mayor Cllr LBR Dhlamini gave his keynote address and officially opened the Sakhile Stadium. When delivering his speech Cllr. LBR Dhlamini indicated that the facility is for the community and the community and will assist in sport and youth development.

Soccer matches started with Bidvest Wits under 19 team and Lekwa Youth Football Team. Four (4) players were selected from Lekwa Team for trials prospect under young development team at Bidvest Wits soccer team.

Participants received medal. The programme was further made vibrant by performances from local artists



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Transparent and accountable governance, accelerated customer focus, affordable service delivery, creation of a conductive environment for economic development and growth sustainable infrastructural development and maintenance.  Enhance community participation in the affairs of the municipality.  To initiate ground breaking innovations in the way we conduct our business.

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