South Africa is commemorating  Youth Day, in memory of students who lost their lives in the 1976 protest against Afrikaans being the medium of instruction at schools. This year Youth Day is celebrated virtually under the theme “Youth Power: Growing South Africa together in a period of COVID-19.”

The day is used to remember the uprising that resulted in the deaths of many learners and to reflect on how far the country has come in addressing issues affecting the youth.

Forty-four years later, young people are still facing many challenges including a global health crisis in the form of COVID-19, unemployment, access to economic opportunities, interrupted schooling and high levels of gender-based violence and femicide.

Tholoana Ncheke a media law expert currently working at the National Association of Broadcasters, Songo Didiza, a Green Economist Founder & CEO of GreenBDG, Khaya Sithole Accountant, Analyst and Academic and Tumi Sole, Corporate Lawyer and Social Activist, join SABC Digital News to discuss issues facing the youth in 2020.

In the video below, the Youth Day discussion: