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Friday, 10 June 2016

MEDIA ALERT: Outstanding young South Africans available for interviews this Youth Month


Dear Editors and Journalists,
In South Africa, June is celebrated as Youth Month, a special time to recognise the vibrant creative energy that our young people have to offer. Two dates in particular provide the focus this year: June 16 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto uprising, and June 15 is the 24th anniversary of the Day of the African Child.

SAIIA’s youth programme is proud continue the 1976 tradition of young people uniting and acting for positive transformation. We have an array of passionate young leaders available, all of whom have experience engaging with the media. Our students have researched a range of critical issues and been called upon to present their insights at high-level international forums, as well as to local and national government.

Possible topics for discussion include:

  • The legacy of June 16 for today’s South Africa
  • The plight of children across the African continent
  • Youth views on a range of hot topics such as education, climate change, unemployment, inequality and transformation


Kindly note that due to the current exam period, the choice of interviewee will depend on availability. Below are examples of the young experts available for media interviews:  

To arrange interviews with any of the above, contact Fortunate Xaba at 081 086 6303/ 011 339 2021 ext 123.
More about SAIIA’s youth programme:

Youth@SAIIA will host its annual Young Leaders Conference at the end of June; invitations for this event will follow shortly.

Youth@SAIIA encourages young South Africans to develop positions and take action themselves. Participants acquire concrete skills and represent youth on local and international stages, and have contributed to the development of national South African policies. Members of our Youth Policy Committee have been selected to attend AU meetings and global conferences such as the ECOSOC Youth Forum, COP 21, Habitat III and the World Humanitarian Summit. We also continue to coordinate the largest Model United Nations programme in sub-Saharan Africa. These projects open opportunities for our participants, with many of them being awarded bursaries to study at top universities in South Africa and around the world.

This year we will host a Young Leaders Conference under the theme Young South Africans taking the lead in creating a sustainable future. The conference will bring together a highly representative cross-section of young South Africans from across the country to examine challenges related to education, climate change, inequality, employment and poverty, among others. At the end of the conference, they will present their solutions to the South African government.

To read the Youth@SAIIA blog, click here.

For more information or to arrange for interviews please contact:

Fortunate Xaba
SAIIA Communications Assistant
Cell: +27 (0) 81 086 6303
Office: +27 (0) 11 339 2021 ext 123
Issued by: The South African Institute of International Affairs ( )

10 June 2016