Youth Day on 16 June is a public holiday in South Africa commemorating the start of the Soweto Riots of 1976, sparked off by a government edict that all instruction in black schools would be delivered in the Afrikaans language.

To highlight this iconic period in our history, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) hosted young professionals at a successful Youth Day Imbizo, on 8 June 2018 at Montecasino, Johannesburg, in remembrance of the sacrifices that were made by the youth of 1976, for freedom.

The first of its kind by SAICE, the event brought together emerging young professional leaders in the built environment with the aim of creating a platform that will allow young professionals to interact with their counterparts from across industry, whilst building a strong network of leaders in service of the greater needs of the profession through their shared experiences.

Honourable Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng who was the distinguished guest speaker at the event presented an engaging address that focused on leadership in a post-modern and post truth society. After his address, guests were presented with an opportunity to pose questions and be in conversation with Honourable Mogoeng.

SAICE CEO Manglin Pillay PrEng, took to the stage to lead a band for a specially prepared surprise entertainment item to round off a fantastic evening which featured a live musical line-up curated to inspire and motivate young professionals.

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