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Youth Day Seminar – Youth Educational Activism: Reflections 39 years after Soweto ’76

02 July 2015
12:30 - 14:00


Date:  Thursday, 2 July 2015   

Time: 12:15 for 12:30 – 14:00

Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban


Mr Kgotsi Chikane, National President of InkuluFreeHeid, University of Cape Town
Ms Jessica Breakey, White Privilege Project, University of Cape Town
Simamkele Dlakavu, #‎TransformWits Movement, University of Witwatersrand
Ms Petunia Mpoza, ANC Youth League, University of Witwatersrand
Mr Thabiso Skhosiphi Radebe, South African Student’s Congress
Discussants: Prof Sharlene Swartz, Dr Sarah Chiumbu and Dr Alude Mahali (HSD, HSRC)

In the context of Youth Month this seminar asks how youth activism has changed over the past 39 years since the student uprising that began in Soweto in 1976 – over (ostensibly) the issue of the medium of instruction in schools for black youth. Today we ask youth activists from three universities in South Africa to reflect on their experiences on education and transformation.

The call to transform South Africa’s academic institutions is on the rise country wide in the wake of the Rhodes Must Fall movement. The transformation agenda is engendering a new form of youth educational activism that is focusing on issues, inter alia, curriculum reform; demographic diversity within the academy; institutional culture and institutional naming. The seminar seeks to engage the voices of students on these and other pertinent issues related to education and transformation in post-apartheid South Africa.

Chaired by Prof Sharlene Swartz, Research Director, HSD and Dr Sarah Chiumbu, Senior Research Specialist, HSD
Discussant: Dr Alude Mahali, Research Specialist, HSD

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban

Kindly RSVP by 30 June 2015
Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or ; Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or, Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: