June 16, 1976: Hundreds of young people die in Soweto, the biggest township near Johannesburgin, in a violent turnout of a peaceful demonstration against the Bantu Education System which leads to further demonstrations and riots throughout June 1976.
"Many consider the riots an event which signified the beginning of the end for apartheid. The effects of the riots echoed across the country. After the riots, many black citizens were awakened to the reality of apartheid, and started to resist, while some white citizens also withdrew their support for the government." (cited from Wikipedia article).
Today, June 16 is "Youth Day", a national holiday in South Africa.
June 16, 2006: 30 Years later, around 60 people, most of them under 20 and from different disadvantaged communities around Johannesburg meet in a bank office in one of the fanciest malls of Johannesburg.
Coming from different forthcoming tuXlabs, they will get whole weekend of training, including the set-up of a computer lab and the use of the various software that comes with a tuXlab. Different sponsors, including a bank, a computer distributor, an internet service provider, are also there to present their contributions, for example a bunch of new computers or a life-long internet connection for the affected tuXlabs.
And again: it's the young people who impress me most: their deidication to learn, their dedication to improve their situation, to overcome the "Economic Apartheid" that is still present in South Africa, their dedication to also help others through what they are doing and not only themselves. And the tuXlabs help empower them to do so.