Today South Africa celebrates a 40th commemoration of the June 16 Soweto Uprising. A day in which the then youth changed the history of South Africa. We remember the brave class of 1976 that took a bold step towards a change in the educational system that was racially discriminatory.With a lot that has changed over the years and a lot that still remains the same, I decided to do away with the tradition of wearing school uniform to celebrate the day, but rather opted for a statement sweater dress with the boldly printed words -“now or never”.
Firstly, because today I am reaping the fruits of the strides that were made by the Youth of ‘76 and now has Freedom of Expression. Expressing myself academically through my work and through fashion. Today, I live in a country that is alive with possibilities. But, (yes there’s always a but) there is yet so much that needs to be done. So many of my peers spend day in and day out either struggling to get into school or if they do, struggling to stay in school because of financial burdens and other issues. While the end of apartheid opened the door for equal opportunity for all South Africans regardless of race, it is without doubt that today’s South Africa struggles to correct the inequalities created by decades of apartheid. Which leads to the second reason for choosing this garment today.
I commemorate the youth of 2015 who took similar bold steps with the #FeesMustFall movement and wish that we would all see this day as a reminder to you, me, us and the next generation.. to continue to make strides to change our country a better place for ourselves and the next coming generations. There’s so much that is yet to be done.
It’s now or never.
Sweater Dress: The Fix
Shoes: The Fix
Earrings: Mr Price
Author: Sinako Bomela
Photography: Nkokheli Lindazwe