THEMBISA, GAUTENG / 16 YEARS OLD
SA UNDER17,UNDER 20 & BANYANA BANYANA

KARABO
DHLAMINI

What does Youth Month mean to you?
It means that as young as we are, we are capable of fighting for what belongs to us and here is no excuse that we are young; we can use the little power that we have to change many things.

Who are the three people, living or dead, you would invite for dinner?
Refiloe Jane, Amanda Dlamini and Christa Kgampe.

What does your 9-5 look like?
I’m at school from 9am till 3pm and then after I’m at training from 4pm-6pm.

How do you balance football and school?
At 6am I go to gym, then from 8am to 3pm I’m at school, then 4pm- 6pm its training. Saturday I play Sasol League then Sunday I study.

What drives you?
Always work hard, always add value, help other people and just smile and have fun.

Where do you see yourself in 10 Years?

I see myself working overseas and owning more than one business.

Pretend you are the President of South Africa. What concerns about the country’s youth keeps you up at night?

I don’t like to see people struggling, so I would create jobs for them, sport facilities and also sponsor some schools.

How do you think young South Africans can affect change?

Young people can change South Africa through sport, education and make sure that there is equality between men and women.

What message do you have for the Youth in regards to Youth Month?

Don’t go with the flow, be unique and use your talent to create your own future and be determined in what you are doing.

What song is currently on repeat on your phone?

Sydney Renae – I’m into you

UMLAZI, DURBAN / 17 YEARS OLD
MAMELODI SUNDOWS UNDER 19

SFUNDO
JACA

What does Youth Month mean to you?
Youth month reminds me of the students that fought for free education but it also shows the ownership we as the youth should take in our country. It also emphasizes that we as young people should work hard to become better leaders in our country.

Who are the three people, living or dead, you would invite for dinner?
Senzo Meyiwa, Nelson Mandela and Akhumzi Jezile.

What does your 9-5 look like?
I’m at school, then later go to training.

How do you balance football and school?
When I am at school I focus on my school work and socializing, but when I am at training, I switch my mind to training mode.

What drives you?
Seeing my mom suffering drives me to work very hard.

Where do you see yourself in 10 Years?
I see myself playing for Sundowns Senior Team.

Where do you see yourself in 10 Years?
I see myself playing for Sundowns Senior Team.

Pretend you are the President of South Africa. What concerns about the country’s youth keeps you up at night?
Seeing the young die because of drugs.

How do you think young South Africans can affect change?
They can be treated in a way that will not make them use drugs.

What message do you have for the Youth in regards to Youth Month?
They can stay humble God is watching and they must keep praying, because God’s timing is always perfect.
What song is currently on repeat on your phone?
A-Reece – money today

THEMBISA, JOHANNESBURG / 19 YEARS OLD
M.TIGERS (ABC)

SEYABONGA
MUZWAKALI

What does Youth Month mean to you?
To me Youth Month is a month whereby we honour and appreciate the youth from the past years and the current youth. It is a month where we look back and see how much the South African Youth has done for this country and we appreciate all that. It is a month to celebrate the youth.

Who are the three people, living or dead, you would invite for dinner?
My Grandmother, little Brother and my Girlfriend.

What does your 9-5 look like?
I spend my time at school and after that I have training, so that is my daily routine. I also read books with m free time and watch movies.

How do you balance football and school?
I take things day by day, I don’t necessarily worry about tomorrow, because it is not promised to no man, so the best thing to do is to focus on what I have at the moment and get it done to balance things, especially schoolwork and on field. I give my all, because football to me is not just a sport, it’s my life.

What drives you?
Passion and my struggle. I do what I love, I don’t care who says what, because I always want to be a better person than I was yesterday.

Where do you see yourself in 10 Years?
I see myself competing in Europe, raising my country’s flag creating a better tomorrow for the young ones, motivating them by showing them that your situation at home does not determine your future, what you want is in your hands and you must work for it.

Pretend you are the President of South Africa. What concerns about the country’s youth keeps you up at night?
To see young adults who went to school struggling to get jobs, simply because there are people with Jobs that they do not deserve, because of Nepotism. Everyone must get what they work for.

How do you think young South Africans can affect change?
They should stop comparing our country with other countries as we are different. In South Africa we have cultures and different beliefs and the moment we respect where we come from is the moment we will be able to carry ourselves with pride.

What message do you have for the Youth in regards to Youth Month?
Youth month should be more of giving back to those who fought for the country’s youth and the freedom we have today compared to what they had. We should respect it because they lost their lives, sacrificed their souls for us to have this Month, we should show and behave right to show that as Youth of South Africa we appreciate Peace.

What song is currently on repeat on your phone?
J.Cole – Love Yours.
It has a message and teaches us we should appreciate and love what we have because there’s always going to be something better than yours.

MANGAUNG, BLOEMFONTEIN / 15 YEARS OLD
UNDER 19 AND MDC

RIANDRE
VRIES

What does Youth Month mean to you?
It means as the Youth of the country, we should help each other, always be there to support others, and that we must help the ones that doesn’t have what we have.

Who are the three people, living or dead, you would invite for dinner?
My mom, Grandma and Grandpa.

What does your 9-5 look like?
I spend my day at school and soccer training.

How do you balance football and school?
When it is time for school, I focus on my schoolwork, and when it is time for football then I shift my focus to football, simple.

What drives you?
Playing soccer and fast cars.

Where do you see yourself in 10 Years?
In England, playing Barclays Premier League for one of the top teams.

Pretend you are the President of South Africa. What concerns about the country’s youth keeps you up at night?
If young people can just focus on what they really want in future and not go after people by trying to be cool by smoking, drinking and using drugs then everything will be fine.

How do you think young South Africans can affect change?
Firstly by getting their relationship with God in the right place, and then all the good stuff will come and their mind-set will change.

What message do you have for the Youth in regards to Youth Month?
Just do the right, to do what’s expected from them, they should work hard make their parents proud and to be always safe out there.
What song is currently on repeat on your phone?
Poke it hour, by Playboy Carti and Nicki Minaj

NIGEL, JOHANNESBURG / 18 YEARS OLD
MAMELODI SUNDOWNS UNDER 19

RAVALDO
SOFALA

What does Youth Month mean to you?
Youth month reminds me of the students that fought for free education but it also shows the ownership we as the youth should take in our country. It also emphasizes that we as young people should work hard to become better leaders in our country.

Who are the three people, living or dead, you would invite for dinner?
My mother, brother and my best friend.

What does your 9-5 look like?
That’s the time I spend more on my school work, because I spend more time at school, after school I move straight to my training sessions which keeps me occupied for the day.

How do you balance football and school?
I conduct a time frame where I make time for both soccer and school work. I spend more time on my school work knowing that I have my duties as a soccer player to keep fit and do my best all the time.

What drives you?
Knowing that I have a family that fully supports me. It is my responsibility not to disappoint them and to make them proud in each and every way.

Where do you see yourself in 10 Years?
Playing professional football in Europe and own businesses and running where I can invest my future while playing soccer.

Pretend you are the President of South Africa. What concerns about the country’s youth keeps you up at night?
The country is facing an increase in population knowing that a lot of people are sitting without jobs which increases unemployment rate. The crime rate is also a major concern for South Africans, because this is a problem that happens on a daily basis.

How do you think young South Africans can affect change?
Young South Africans has a better understanding which plays a major role on affecting change.

What message do you have for the Youth in regards to Youth Month?
They have a great privilege and they should be grateful, because they are not disadvantaged compared to the past generation.
What song is currently on repeat on your phone?
Shine (House victims)

CAPE TOWN / 18 YEARS OLD
BANYANA BANYANA

LELONA
DAWETI

What does Youth Month mean to you?
To me Youth Month means we are still young, we can do anything we are capable of and we can live the way we want to.

Who are the three people, living or dead, you would invite for dinner?
Lumnko Thunzi (late friend), Chuma and Hlumelo

What does your 9-5 look like?
I stay at the clubhouse listening to music and go to training later on.

How do you balance football and school?
I’m currently not working nor going to school, so for now it is just football, but last year while I was doing Matric I focused on school during school hours then when it comes to training, I switch my mind on for football.
What drives you?
My family and passion.

Where do you see yourself in 10 Years?
Playing overseas and creating a better life for my family.

Pretend you are the President of South Africa. What concerns about the country’s youth keeps you up at night?
Rare job opportunities, nepotism, crime rate and health.

How do you think young South Africans can affect change?
Focusing in school, doing positive things in life that will benefit a lot of people.

What message do you have for the Youth in regards to Youth Month?
Let’s do something positive in this month and be happy. Let’s make the country proud to have a wonderful youth.

What song is currently on repeat on your phone?
Empire songs.