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YOUTH DAY FESTIVAL (article first published : 2003-06-9)

Young People for Change (YPC) will present the Youth Day Festival, which is a celebration of the youth month of June at the Princess Magogo Stadium in P section Kwa Mashu on June 15. The festival will feature Siyabonga Shibe ‘Sfiso’ as programme’s director and Thembi Seete as guest artist - both from Gaz’lam.

Supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Young People for Change is a project that addresses the challenge of HIV/AIDS through performing arts in the township of Kwa Mashu. Since February, YPC has been holding monthly HIV/AIDS Community Open Days around the township through live performances of music, dance, drama and poetry.

These events result from the six months HIV/AIDS and life skills training of about 120 youth from different sections of the Township. This chain of exuberant artistic display of talent and knowledge has impacted positively on the community of Kwa Mashu and has far exceeded expectations in attracting more than 4,000 young people from various parts of Kwa Mashu.

YPC has successfully staged four Open Days: in February, March, April and May in various sections of the township. This event will be packed with live performances, which are aimed at educating the community about HIV/AIDS violence and drugs. The theme for this community initiative is “Lighten Up for Positive Change”

The show is free of charge. More information from co-ordinator Sthe Khumalo on 031 304 0586 or 083 691 6962.




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