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Soweto, heartbeat of the nation

Infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and alive with the energy of the city of gold, Soweto is a must-see for tourists in search of more than sun, sea and the big five.
16 June 1976

16 June 1976: ‘This is our day’

It is a day violently etched on the South African collective conscience. Commemorated over 30 years later as Youth Day, an official holiday, it is the day that honours the deaths of hundreds of Soweto schoolchildren, a day that changed the course of the country's history: 16 June 1976.

Recollections of 16 June 1976

A planned, peaceful protest in Soweto against Afrikaans as the teaching medium in schools on 16 June 1976 became one of the most pivotal days in South Africa's history. After the police opened fire on the mainly child protestors, the march quickly changed from peaceful to chaotic. Those who were there shared their memories.

Hector’s sister tells the story still, 38 years later

A lack of unity among the children of today is striking for Antoinette Sithole. Back in 1976 children supported one another; now they do drugs, get pregnant, "and they don't take a stand. They are living in another world."

A legacy of freedom, from mother to daughter

The first episode of Play Your Part's television series features struggle leader Sibongile Mkhabela and her daughter Ntsako as they reflect on their roles in building South Africa's future.

SA’s youth can beat drugs

South Africa's born-free generation is ready to lead the country. These young people are motivated, open-minded and focused, and their message for Youth Day 2013 is that you can be happy and successful without taking drugs.
Keep our youth drug-free

Freedom Day: long time coming

Apartheid was only formally legislated by the National Party in 1948, but discrimination had existed in South Africa for hundreds of years before that. This month, the country marks that long walk to freedom.
Freedom Park: celebrating peace

Trio aspires to retain Hector legacy

To keep Hector Pieterson's legacy alive, young people must work hard at their goals to inspire a new generation of forward thinkers. This is the vision behind creators of the fashion label that the late student activist inspired.
• Protect and support each other

Protect and support each other

Ahead of Youth Month 2012, veteran photojournalist Sam Nzima tells young South Africans to assume the strength and courage of their predecessors.
Playing a part to give youth a future

The day Hector Pieterson died

The day Hector Pieterson died

"I saw a child fall down. Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture. It had been a peaceful march, the children were told to disperse, they started singing Nkosi Sikelele. The police were ordered to shoot." These are the words of Sam Nzima, whose famous photograph of a dying Hector Pieterson encapsulated the anger and tragedy of a day that, 30 years ago, changed the course of SA history.

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