Star-studded line-up for youth vote roadshows


24 April 2014

Generations star Patrick Shai, Rhythm City’s Mpho Molepo, Muvhango’s Nomsa Buthelezi and actress Maggie Williams will kick off roadshows at high schools and FET colleges across Gauteng province on Thursday to encourage young people to vote in South Africa’s 7 May elections.

Zone 14 stars Kere Nyao and Thulani Didi will also grace the roadshows, as well as Scandal star Nthati Mosesh.

The celebrities, in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, will visit two high schools and one FET college per day to encourage young people to cast their vote.

South Africans will head to the polls on 7 May. The roadshows, reflecting on the country’s 20 Years of Freedom and highlighting the achievements of the province, will through 6 May.

“This year’s general elections are of significance because youth born in the year of democracy in 1994 will have an opportunity to vote for the first time,” MEC Lebogang Maile said on Wednesday.

“As a department responsible for promoting democracy and civic duty citizenry, we hope working with these celebrated individuals will help us connect, especially with the youth.

“We want them to go and vote but, before that, to understand the need and importance of voting. It is easy for them to ignore this because they were not there before 1994.”