Nelson Mandela Bay takes 2016 Youth Day celebrations to Gelvandale

JUNE 14, 2016

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will be hosting its 2016 Youth Day celebrations in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, on Thursday with several dialogues being held afterwards at various venues until the end of the month.

"As South Africa continues to recognise the sacrifices that have been made by young people in the struggle against oppression and the contribution they are currently making in Moving South Africa Forward, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has organised a bumper," the municipality said in a statement.

"This programme will not only celebrate Youth Month, it will also work as catalyst and a springboard for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and youth structures to pave an inclusive way forward in the empowerment and development of young people across the City."

The full programme is listed below:

Youth Day Celebrations June 16, 2016 – To commemorate the Soweto Uprising in the context of the 40th Anniversary:

  1. 10 KM Marathon
  2. Bands and Majorettes Parade (Hobie Beach to NMMU South Campus)
  3. Highlight of the Youth Month is the Youth Day Celebrations in Gelvandale Stadium.

The June 16 celebrations will be a combination of celebrations, speeches and government services that are targeted at youth and their needs. All government departments and entities will to bring all their services that benefit young people. Skills development, internship and bursary opportunities will form part of the services that will be available on the day.

Business Summit June 21, 2016: To provide a platform for the various government entities to present opportunities for business and funding to Youth and Youth Stakeholders with Weekly Youth Cluster Dialogues from June 22 to 24, 2016.

Themes for the dialogues will be “Youth and the meaning  of Freedom” with special reference to the following sub themes:

  • Arts and Activism
  • Economy
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Social Cohesion
  • Sport

The dialogues will take place in all 6 clusters.

Music Festival and Poetry June 25, 2016 – Developmental platform for 40 local Artists to commemorate 40th Anniversary of Soweto Uprising Youth Celebration.

Mayoral Reception: Send-off June 29, 2016 – Send off Celebration for Artists from the Nelson Mandela Bay that are taking works to Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

Youth Assembly and Siphiwo Mthimkhulu Memorial Lecture June 30, 2016 – The Youth Assembly will serve as the conclusion of the Youth Month. The Assembly seeks to address youth related issues, challenges and ideas the contribute to the development of young people in Nelson Mandela Bay. It wil include a Memorial Lecture to commemorate the contribution of students as reflected in the story of Liberation Struggle Icon, Siphiwo Mtimkhulu.