Youth Day June 2022
The month of June marks youth month in South Africa. This year’s National Youth Month and Youth Day will be celebrated under the theme #Promoting sustainable livelihood and resilience of young people for a better tomorrow to acknowledge and appreciate the contribution of young people in theadvancement of our country. Youth Day commemorates the Soweto Uprising, which took place on 16 June 1976 and therefore this day recognizes the role of the youth in the liberation of South Africa from the apartheid regime. It gives us an opportunity to honour the youth of that generation as well as the youth of today. A crucial milestone in South Africa’s democracy was the freeing of the airwaves in 1994 with the creation of a three-tier system of broadcasting.
The introduction of public, private and community broadcasting tiers enabled the sector to thrive. It is encouraging to note the growing participation of young people across the entire value chain of broadcasting in South Africa – from on-air talent to technical skills, programme production and management of broadcasting services.The youth are a critical segment of society and they are at the forefront of developing diverse and compelling broadcasting content that speaks to their challenges and aspirations. It is hoped that the broadcasting sectors role in promoting sustainable livelihoods for the youth will continue to grow and strengthen.