The St John’s Prep boys’ recently visited Soweto for Youth Day to learn all about SA history, as they walked along Vilakazi Street, they met an ice cream man.
Soweto, Johannesburg – On the 11th of June, the St John’s Prep boys went on a school outing to Soweto to celebrate the upcoming Youth Day. They learned about South Africa’s history and what led to Youth Day.
Their tour began with a drive past President Cyril Ramaphosa’s former home in Chiawelo. They then moved on to Vilakazi Street. Music teacher, Mr Sidumo Nyamezele, guided them down to Orlando High where the ‘76 protest marches ended and shared the story of that fateful day.
‘The boys had the opportunity to explore Mandela House, the former home of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, before wandering down to the Hector Pietersen Museum and Uncle Tom’s Hall. Mr George Mxadana (Conductor of the Imilonji kaNtu Choir) spoke to the boys at Uncle Tom’s Hall about the many different languages and cultural practices in South Africa, with his choir demonstrating examples traditional dress and dances on stage.’
They ended the tour at the Hector Pietersen Museum, where they could view the photographs from 16 June 1976. The school said the images served as a poignant reminder of the courage displayed by the students who fought against Afrikaans being used as the medium of instruction in local schools during apartheid.
While on their tour, they met a very lively ice cream man. They huddled along the sidewalk and sang along with him. The video is endearing and well worth a watch if you need your spirits lifted. Take a look below.