June 16 means a lot – Ntiya-Ntiya
June 16 means a lot – Ntiya-Ntiya

Posted in Features, News on Jun 15, 2018.

“It’s all about celebrating the youth of South Africa,” Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya reflects on June as the Youth Month. “The uprising of the youth in Soweto occurred in 1976. I was born 20 years later, in 1996. I have learnt a lot about June 16, collecting information during history study at school.”

Ntiya-Ntiya is one of the promising youngsters that have been promoted to Kaizer Chiefs’ senior team, already earning rave reviews.

“I completed Grade 12 in 2015,” continues the left-back. “I have now applied to register at Unisa and am just waiting for confirmation. I plan to study Human Resources Management.”

For Ntiya-Ntiya, June 16 means a lot, “It is a key date and it reminds us of the sacrifices that young people have made to have freedom in South Africa. I have been invited to attend a soccer tournament where I will be interacting with youngsters. I use my presence at events like this to influence young people and I always get feedback from my peers that I influence them positively.” 

To Kaizer Chiefs supporters, especially the young supporters, the 21-year-old comments, “I want young people to live their dreams. We must use our freedom to express our talents. Our freedom did not come cheap - lives were lost; Hector Pieterson and others sacrificed with their lives to pave the way for us. The best we can do is to look after ourselves. We must stop violent conduct and stay away from drugs.”

Ntiya-Ntiya is at present enjoying his off-season and is resting by following a prescribed routine, “I am at home now and following a programme to stay in shape.”

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