Youth make their voices heard

Three organisations worked together to ensure that the young people of Ward 43 could mark Youth Day which is commemorated on June 16 every year in South Africa.

Part of the event hosted by the Advance Edukos Foundation , YMCA Cape Flats and the Hands and Feet organisation was a silent demonstration held along Spine Road in Bayview, said Wendy Abrahams, Ward 43 Youth Sector Ward Committee representative.

Ricardo De Reuck and Wendy Abrahams at the Youth Day Event.

The event was also supported by the Bayview neighbourhood watch and each youngster received a green ribbon to show their support for Child Protection week, as well as hand sanitizer, which was donated by Western Cape Street Children Forum.

The youth listening to a talk at the event on Youth Day.

The event was the idea of Skyla Davids, a Strandfontein Primary School pupil who attends the Advance Edukos Foundation’s after-school programme.

“I initiated the idea of the protest against gender-based violence knowing that we can make a difference in our society. I also believe that children should stand up for themselves and for others,” she said.

From the demonstration they moved to the YMCA Cape Flats turf for a day of fun, including soccer and netball tournaments, indigenous games, egg-and-spoon races, sack races, hoops, and all the youth received lunch and cupcakes donated by YMCA.

For more information, youth organisations based in Ward 43, which includes parts of Philippi, Strandfontein and Weltevreden Valley, can contact Wendy Abrahams at