South Africa’s National Youth Day is celebrated each year on 16 June. In 1976, more than 20 000 pupils began a protest march in Soweto which led to chaotic moments ensued for weeks, over 700 people, many of them youths, were killed. The Soweto uprising became in Soweto and spread throughout the nation, changing the socio-political landscape of the country.
During lockdown level 3, we are required to stay home as we commemorate the Soweto Uprising which took place on 16 June 1976.
South African youth day is not the same in 2020 due to lockdown level 3. Cyril Ramaphosa, from the presidency, said ‘The words of Frantz Fanon that ‘each generation must discover its mission’ come to mind every time I have an opportunity to speak with young South Africans.’
‘No matter where they live and no matter what they do, they each have a burning desire to change the world.’
‘Most recently, young people have been at the forefront of the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has gained global support in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in the United States.’
‘Not only has coronavirus had a momentous impact on people’s lives and livelihoods, it has also shaken up the global social order.’ Added the President.
Unemployment and SASSA
STATS SA reported that ‘The results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the fourth quarter of 2019 indicate that the official unemployment rate remained unchanged (29,1%) compared to the third quarter of 2019.’
Currently, it may be impossible to know who is unemployed – the lockdown and the progression of the COVID-19 have led Statistics South Africa to discontinue doing a face-to-face data collection since 19 March 2020.
iBusiness was very confident that the data that was going to be used, was going to be from everyone who had applied for the R350 unemployment grant relief, unfortunately, SASSA is accused of wrongfully declining applications and many took to twitter to pout out their emotions.
So #SASSA declines the unemployed that receive money in their bank account even if it was R100 for airtime it's regarded as income? How does Sassa define income?
— KatlehoMK (@KatlehoMK) June 15, 2020
— Matlopela lesola (@MatlopelaL) June 15, 2020
‘Data collection for Quarter 2 of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) will, therefore, be done telephonically, using the Computer-Assisted Telephonic Interview (CATI) methodology.’ Statistics South Africa Stated in a Media Release.