Johannesburg: What I never learned in school
Someone once told me that travelling is the best form of education. Whether it is finding ways to step outside your comfort zone in your local territory or travelling to distant lands, there is always something to learn or be inspired by. This rings true for us.
As someone who was educated in the U.S, schools rarely scratched the surface of African history. The most I knew about South Africa was highlights on Mandela’s leadership in pursuit of ending apartheid. So our most recent trip to South Africa was was an eye-opener for me.
I was most excited to take the time to learn more about the city and the people around us by visiting Soweto and the Hector Pieterson Museum, which pays homage to June 16th 1976.
Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto, Johannesburg
On that day South African youth peacefully protested a law passed by the apartheid government that made the Afrikaans language the medium of instruction in schools, hindering black students ability to learn. As they protested, soldiers opened fire on students leading to the loss of many lives. The youth in this tragic incident were acting on what they believed in, and they paid a heavy price for it. Their sacrifice is remembered as a turning point in the apartheid struggle.
Students Protesting on June 16 1976 in Soweto, Johannesburg
While a lot has changed since 1976, there is still much work to be done. A fact that we frequently confronted while passing numbers of children and young adults living on the street across Johannesburg.
Therefore, In our quest to be not only a fashion brand but agents of change, we have partnered with Twilight Outreach Centre to launch new editions of our Camarades Rebel Line with a portion of profits going to support Twilight’s mission of fighting youth homelessness.
The vision of Twilight Outreach Centre is to reintegrate homeless youth into mainstream society by providing a safe compassionate transitional living space for those committed to exiting street life. They provide pathways out of homelessness through basic needs, a place to live, psychosocial services, continuing education, skills training and sporting programmes.
CamaradesRebel Power Girl Black Sweat
We remain optimistic for what's to come in this city. We believe in its youth as the solution and we aim to use fashion as a way to tell that story.