Thanks to the Western Cape government, Capetonians wil have the opportunity to spend Youth Day the CapeNature Reserves free of charge.
This, according to Anton Bredell, the province’s Minister of Local Government and Environmental Affairs, is an effort to allow the youth passage “to explore the unique heritage that belongs to all.”
Why do we celebrate Youth Day in South Africa
This promotion is in line with Youth Day celebrations that will take place in other parts of South Africa. 16 June is one of the most important dates in our calendars.
The day commemorates the Soweto Uprising of 1976 that challenged the status quo of the then-Bantu Education Department which tried to enforce the mandatory use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction in schools.
“The June 16, 1976, Uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide profoundly changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa. Events that triggered the uprising can be traced back to policies of the Apartheid government that resulted in the introduction of the Bantu Education Act in 1953.”
— Excerpt taken from the South African Government website.
How to get free access to CapeNature reserves
There is an endless list of reserves that are open to the youth on 16 June for free access.
On this day, people aged 35 and below will be allowed passage to explore extremely popular places like “the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, the Stonypoint Nature Reserve and the Cederberg Wilderness Area.”
“CapeNature’s reserves are places where people can go to regenerate and get in touch with nature again. In addition, on this Youth Day, we have made it possible for anyone under 35 to go out and have a day of fun in nature for free. This is one way we celebrate the sacrifices made by the youth of our country for the freedoms we enjoy today,” Bredell said.
The free-entry promotion will be monitored on these conditions:
- The free access fee will pertain to general access (conservation fee) and hiking, mountain biking and picnicking. The waiver does NOT apply to the Whale Trail or concessions (including canopy tours, bouldering, horse riding etc).
- Normal rates and access fees apply for any accommodation booked online or through the call centre
- Access to Protected Areas during the CapeNature Access Week will be conducted during regular reserve hours and applies to entries at CapeNature reserve gates.
- This promotion is only applicable on Sunday, 16 June 2019 (and DOES NOT include or extend to Monday, 17 June)
Visitors will need to provide an identification document to verify their age – free access applies only to persons aged 35 and under.