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Youth Day

Our Lillydale Digital Learning Campus has a special story connected to Youth Day. Sam Nzima was the photographer who took the now famous picture of Hector Pieterson in his brother’s arms. Nzima captured this image of Hector Pieterson, his sister, Antoinette Pieterson, and fellow student, Mbuyisa Makhubo, who was carrying Pieterson. This powerful image is one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Images of All Time. Sam was originally from Lillydale village, here in rural Mpumalanga. One of our former students, Hlengiwe Nkuna, honoured him by illustrating some of his story. It depicts scenes from that fateful day: the image of Hector Pieterson in Mbuyisa Makhubo’s arms; students marching peacefully in the struggle; the power of photography; the turned backs of the oppressors; the hope and optimism of young students; and Sam Nzima in the middle. This beautiful homage to Sam and the story of June 16th, has been framed and has pride of place in our Lillydale Digital Learning Campus.

That time is today. We honour those young people who lost their lives fighting for equality. We celebrate every young person who shows up to our campuses every day – despite their circumstances – to learn, to grow, to teach, to expand their horizons, and to truly become citizens of the world as Madiba envisaged.

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