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Non Racism
The socialisation of the ownership and control of the means of production
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Issue 4, Vol 14: 30 March 2016

The flame of the World Festival of Youth and Students remains alive

The World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) for 70 years now has established itself in the consciousness of millions of people. In 1947 during a period of time where the people were still trying to stand through the debris that fascism and Nazism left in World War II, thousands of progressive youths from around the world, by feeling the necessity for international unity they implemented the WFYS.

For the history, the 1st WFYS was hosted by the Soviet Czechoslovakia in the beautiful city of Prague in 1947. Many were those who rushed to condemn the WFYS and its purpose, by trying to fully align it with the foreign policy of the Soviet Union. But the reality was elsewhere, since the WFYS itself, which later turned into a movement, denied those malicious people be sending simultaneously a strong message of peace, friendship and solidarity

However, it is an undeniable fact that the Soviet Union remains in the history as a staunch supporter of the WFYS, as in reality it strengthened and supported the festival movement by hosting it several times with selflessness and altruism. The ideas and ideals that the festival itself was promoting by the very beginning, indeed were also deeply rooted in the consciousness of the peoples of the Soviet Countries.

The historical recursion of the WFYS, begun at the starting post of the Cold War, just after the anti-fascist victory of the peoples. However, against the flow of the developments of the period, with the intensification of the Cold War and the imperialist propaganda, the Festival Movement succeeded to profess the unity and friendship of the youth of the whole planet. Essentially, the realization of the first festival in 1947, destined to strengthen the international anti-imperialist youth movement, where in November 1945 in London, it was establishing its foundations through the founding congress of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY). WFDY was followed then by the establishment of the International Union of Students (IUS) in Prague in August 1946.

IUS and WFDY developed a joint action and in 1947 they took the historic decision to conduct the 1st WFYS. The joint struggle of these two organizations against fascism, imperialism and colonialism, was the catalyst for their cooperation, a cooperation that gave birth to WFYS. So together the two international organizations took the decisive roles of the coordinator of the preparatory process, along with the main organizational responsibility of each WFYS. WFDY which remains alive and active until today, with the legacy of its history has established itself as the main pillar of the festival movement.

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YCLSA 3rd National Council

16 November 2016

The Young Communist League of South Africa [uFasimba] will be holding its 3rd National Council from the 8th [Thursday] to the 11th [Sunday] December 2016 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, under the theme "Deepening Youth Mobilization for Socialism".

The National Council is the non-elective highest decision-making body of YCLSA in between National Congresses, and its utmost task is to assess the work of the organization since the last National Congress and a map a way-forward until the next National Congress in 2018.

The National Council will be attended by more than 1000 delegates from branches, districts, provinces and the National Committee. The National Council will be addressed by the tripartite alliance leaders [SACP, ANC and COSATU], and the Progressive Youth Alliance [SASCO, COSAS and ANC YL] and International fraternal organizations.

The 3RD National Council is scheduled as follows:

Date: December 8th to 11th, 2016
Venue: University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus.

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend, cover and report on the National Council.

To confirm attendance, journalists and media institutions are requested to contact YCLSA National Spokesperson:

The following information should be included in the confirmation reply for accreditation and logistical purposes.

Name and Surname

Media institution

E-mail and contact details

Issued by YCLSA Media

For Further information please contact:

Cde Molaodi Wa Sekake
YCLSA National Spokesperson
Cell: 078 164 3668
Tel: 011 339 3621


Cde Mawande Ndawo
YCLSA Media Liason Officer
062 062 7714