June the 16th saw South Africa honour and celebrate the youth of 1976 who took part in the Soweto Student Uprising. On June the 16th 1976, students went on a protest rally from their schools to Orlando Stadium. They protesting against an official order which made Afrikaans compulsory in black township schools throughout the country whilst use of local languages was prohibited in these schools. The South African constitution supported that Afrikaans and English be made the official languages of the country and did not give recognition to local African language.
On the 15th of June 2017 Dickies Africa wanted show support for the youth of South Africa and celebrate Youth Day for the extraordinary day that it is and we did this by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to build a jungle gym and paint classrooms for Isiboniso Primary School in Orange Farm, Gauteng. At Dickies we recognise that the students who took part in the Soweto student uprising on June the 16th 1976 were the individuals who helped build the foundations for South Africa to become the amazing country that it is and because of that we wanted to give back in a way that would benefit other youngsters and help to #BuildThisCity and make it all that it can be.
Take a look at what we did:
- Build This City
- Habitat for Humanity
- Youth Day 2017