Caption: Aldm Naik addressing the crowd.
George Municipality held Youth Day 2017 in Rosemoor on Friday, 16 June, with a march from Rosemoor Community Hall with the Youth doing street dramas along the way and being paint splashed at the entrance of Rosemoor Sport fields, which portrayed the youth running into their bright future.
Learners from Imizamo Yethu High School performed the Sarafina Drama at the Rosemoor Cemetery along Langmark Street where some of the struggle veterans of yesteryear were buried. The Imizamo Yethu High School Choir delivered a powerful rendition of the National Anthem.
Aldm Melvin Naik, Executive Mayor of George, was the main speaker at the event, he said in celebrating and commemorating Youth Day we will always be reminded and recall the significant watershed event in our country in 1976 that ignited the democracy and freedom we are all experiencing today.
He said we dare not forget that the young people of yesteryear faced almost insurmountable challenges and despite it and during what seemed to be unconquerable, the youth of 1976 believed in their cause and were anchored in their principles. “They took ownership of and for their future.
Naik said too many youngsters are waiting for handouts and are not willing to chase their dreams. “Opportunities won’t come and knock at your door – you have to look for it, research it and use it. Sometimes opportunities will be dressed in overalls and you must work hard to achieve your goal.”
He said to the youth their future has already started. “Let 2017 be your watershed moment”.
Cllr Vincentius Muller, Ward Councillor for Ward 17 opened the event and Cllr Peter Louw, Ward Councillor Peter Louw did the vote of thanks. Moses Williams, local comedian was the MC for the event.
Warrant Officer Andries Douglas, a motivational speaker from Ceres, who was policeman of the year in the Western Cape in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and later 2nd best policeman in the country, also attended the event. He is a World Karate Champion and motivational speaker. Besides being a fulltime police officer, he trains rural children in karate. He demonstrated to the crowd a few defence moves.
Rhema Varrie, one of the top 5 from the national Idols competition, was the main act for the day and had the crowd at Rosemoor Stadium on their feet.
Some of the local artists that also entertained the crowd were the Uniondale Riel Dancers, the Unisac Spiritual Dancers from Haarlem, the Wesso Brothers from Conville, George High Dance group, the Western Cape Indigenous Game Group from George, Veronique Harmse and the Quan Boys song group from Knysna.
Last published 23 June 2017