South African Consulate General Youth Month Celebrations
The South African Consulate-General in New York participated in the Youth Month Celebrations by hosting South African students who are on an exchange programme with the United States and those studying in US universities. This was in line with the decision taken by the Government of South Africa which dedicated the month of June to Youth Development in remembrance of the students of 1976. On June 16, the South African youth took to the streets to protest against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. June 16 remains the most important reminder of the youth contribution to the struggle against racial oppression, and its dedication to the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.
The visiting students were from various universities in South Africa including University of Western Cape, Cape Town and Stellenbosch. In addition to the extensive programme that was developed for the students to visit the New York Stock Exchange and the United Nations Headquarters, they were also provided with an opportunity to interact with transferred officials from the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the Consulate-General and corporate lawyers on internship in the United States. The students were inspired when answers were provided to their questions on the intricacies involved in the implementation of the South African foreign policy and economic diplomacy by both Missions in New York City.
The students’ enthusiasm shows a true commitment to the objectives of the South Africa Washington Internship Programme (SAWIP), the sponsor. SAWIP stated in it’s vision and mission statement that it would like South Africa to have strong leaders who have global perspective and who serve others with humility and integrity and in so doing inspire future generations to do the same.
The South African Consulate also had the auspicious occasion to interact with a group of Students from American universities who are scheduled to undertake an exchange programme to study the Zulu language at Zululand University in September 2011. The American Students will also use their stay in South Africa to conduct research on various fields to complete their undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.
The South African Consulate-General continues to forge partnerships with leading Universities in North America to open opportunities for both the American and the South African students to undertake short term and long term academic programmes in both countries.
Address by Marius Llewellyn Fransman, MP, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation delivered on the occasion of the Youth Roundtable: Youth Action for Economic Freedom in our Lifetime Enhancing South African Skills