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Unleash voting power: your voice, your future

As a young person navigating the complexities of life, I understand the feeling of being overshadowed by the vast political landscape. The world around us often seems distant and disconnected from our daily lives. However, I have come to realize that this perception couldn't be farther from the truth. In this personal account, I want to share my journey of realizing the significance of voting and why it is crucial for young people like me to exercise this right.

It was not until I started delving into the intricacies of politics that I grasped the undeniable influence we, as young people, can wield. Whether it's through social media activism, community engagement, or the power of our numbers, we have the ability to shape the course of our societies.

For a long time, I thought my voice was too small and insignificant to make a difference and its disheartening to witness the disillusionment among young people. However, I came to understand that every vote is a manifestation of our voices. By casting our ballots, we become part of a collective force that cannot be ignored. We send a resounding message to policymakers, demanding that they take our concerns seriously and prioritize issues that affect our generation.

As young people, we hold a stake in the future that lies ahead. While it may feel overwhelming to navigate the intricacies of politics, we cannot afford to sit on the sidelines. A good acquaintance of mine, Fikile Monareng, once said "politics isn't confined to the realm of academics, it transcends barriers - our lives are governed by the constitution yet we personally didn't sign it" and I couldn't agree more. By participating in politics, we claim the power to shape policies related to education, employment, social justice, climate change, and countless other issues that define our lives.

History has taught us that change doesn't happen overnight. It is born from the struggles, sacrifices, and determination of those who came before us. The right to vote, particularly for marginalized communities, was hard-fought and should never be taken for granted. By honoring those who fought for this right, we honor ourselves. We honor the opportunity to scrutinize candidates, to hold them accountable, and to actively participate in the democratic process.

My dear fellow young people, our vote is our power, our instrument of change. We are not passive observers but active participants in shaping the world we want to live in. By embracing our role as voters, we take a significant step towards creating a society that reflects our hopes and aspirations. Let us rise above the cynicism and apathy, for our collective voice can ignite a flame of transformation. The responsibility lies within each of us to register, engage, and cast our vote. Together, let us march towards a future that embraces progress, equality, and justice for all.

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Zizile Makhubela
Zizile Makhubela
Oct 05, 2023

Incredibly excited to see what we can achieve. The youth is up! It’s our time now

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