President commemorates Youth Day and launches the National Pathway Management Network

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14 Jun 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday, 16 June 2021, commemorate Youth Day at a hybrid event held in KwaZulu-Natal. 

It is 45 years since the uprising by school students against the mandatory use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction and the violent response of the apartheid government. The shootings provoked protests throughout the country and intensified resistance to apartheid. 

Youth Day will this year be commemorated under the theme: “The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: Growing youth employment for an inclusive and transformed society.”

Due to Alert Level 2 restrictions and the significant rise in COVID-19 infections, the commemoration will have a limited number of guests and key stakeholders, mainly youth, physically in attendance. 

South Africans are invited to tune in on government digital platforms and major news channels to follow the day’s commemorative activities. 

The President will provide an update on the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention, announced in SONA 2020, and will officially launch, the National Pathway Management Network, to expand opportunities and support available to young people. 

The National Pathway Management Network is a partnership between the National Youth Development Agency, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Department of Science and Innovation, Department of Employment and Labour, Department of Higher Education and Training, Department of Small Business Development and the Youth Employment Service.

Young people are encouraged to sign up to join the network and access opportunities through

The Youth Day commemoration will be live on government digital platforms and major news channels. 

Details of the Youth Day Commemoration are as follows: 
Date: 16 June 2021 
Time: 11:00
Where: Facebook:

Media enquires: Tyrone Seale, acting spokesperson to the President on

Issued by: The Presidency