June16: Plans Set In Motion
31 May 2022, Johannesburg, a host of Soweto community based organizations are presenting a series of Youth Month commemorative events in honor of the 46th anniversary of the June 16, 1976 Soweto Uprising of from 02 – 21 June. The organizations includes, the June 16 Youth Development Foundation, the #WeUprisingYouth Movement, the Township Economy Chamber of Commerce & Industries in Africa, Soweto Tourism, Township Events Business Council, Greater Soweto Bikers and #FunkItImWalking, in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, SEDA, and the City of Johannesburg.
The month-long programme will take place in different locations around Soweto with a focus on building sustainable township economies for young people through creativity, sports, entrepreneurship, technology, and clean environments.
“This celebration is about putting young people in the forefront of leading the much needed fight for economic change in South African townships. It’s a platform for youth talent, engagement and empowerment and an opportunity to discuss building equal access and opportunities for all.” said community activist and #FunkItImWalking founder Nomsa Mazwai.
Activities include a #FunkItImWalking night walk and tour of the June 16 trail, sports
activations, a community clean-up, entrepreneurship discussions, children’s dialogues, the
Annual #WeUprisingYouth Movement June 16 Commemoration Walk culminating in a youth
food, music, art and retail market, on Vilakazi Street in Orlando West.
Program of activities:
Thursday 2 June 2022, #FunkItImWalking night walk and tour in Orlando West ending with dinner and media briefing at The Box Shop Lifestyle, a venue in Vilakazi Street.
FunkitImWalking, has a monthly #FirstThursdayNightWalk designed to make it safer for a
woman, whilst supporting small, medium and micro enterprises along the route and boosting night tourism and to create and sustain jobs. Dinner tickets can be purchased from
www.funkitimwalking.co.za for R250.
Saturday 04 June, the June 16 Youth Development Foundation in partnership with Afrika Tikkun Soweto vs Diepsloot sports day will commemorate the end of Child Protection Week and will highlight the importance of safe communities in protecting children, particularly children living in townships.
Monday 13 June, hosted by the June 16 Youth Development Foundation in partnership with Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, SA Human Rights Commission and REPSSI, learners from
Soweto public schools, Johannesburg private schools, will be joined via a live stream by learners from India and Yale University in the USA to interact in a children’s dialogue at the YMCA / DOCC in Orlando East.
Wednesday 15 June, #WeUprisingYouth Movement hosts the Annual Sober Discussions which brings together youth entrepreneurs to share their experiences with aspirant young people looking to contribute meaningfully to the South African economy. This dialogue will be held at The Box Shop Lifestyle on Vilakazi Street. Register for a free pass on www.weuprisingmovement.co.za to secure a spot at the venue.
Thursday 16h of June, the day begins at 07:00am with a prayer and song visit to the gravesites of Hector Pieterson who lost his life during the unrest on 16 June 1976, Tsietsi Mashinini and Kgotso Seatlholo, the fallen leaders of the Soweto Uprising, as well as Saul Mashinini who was also an uprising leader and uMkhonto we Sizwe soldier who will also have a heritage blue plaque unveiled in his name on the day. This will be followed by the
WeUprisingYouth Movement Annual 4km commemoration walk and tourism experience
retracing the steps taken by the students of the 16 June 1976 Soweto Uprising, starting from Morris Isaacson High School to Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum where a wreath laying ceremony will be held in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and the City of Johannesburg.
An all-day market and live music performances at The Box Shop Lifestyle supported by SEDA, the City of Johannesburg, and the Soweto Regional Department of Sports, Arts and Culture will end the day’s festivities.
Vendors will include established local fashion designers and brands, local wine, gin and craft beer brewers, art illustrators and pop-up food stalls. Activities for the afternoon include a top 20 showcase of the all-female DJ competition Queen of the Beat hosted by the City of Joburg, followed by a fashion show and live music entertainment which features up and coming local artists. Book a table on www.weuprisingmovement.co.za
Saturday 18 June, #FunkItImWalking, #WeUprisngYouth Movement, and the June 16 Youth Development Foundation will host #SowetoSaturdays, a movement created to encourage communities to keep clean. The #SowetoSaturdays clean-up will be held at the Mbuyise Makhubo Primary school in Orlando West from 09:00 – 12:00 and will include musical performances and refreshments for all volunteers attending.
Tuesday 21 June, the June 16 Youth Development Foundation led by veteran youth activist June 16 Chancellor. Seth Mazibuko, will host an international dialogue at Constitution Hill which encourages social cohesion by sharing the story of June 16 1976 massacre. This will include a tour of former apartheid prison, Constitution Hill Mr. Mazibuko will walk an international group through the facility and share the harrowing experiences he endured as a child arrested by the apartheid regime.
For further information & media enquiries regarding any part of the Soweto June Month
Commemoration Programme, please contact:
+27 79 115 1626