Youth employment relies on a rising tide of growth – but that’s a hard ask right now

Sharon Wood’s article in Business Maverick explains that, in his Youth Day address on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa described youth unemployment as a national crisis – and so he should. The youth unemployment rate broke above 55% in the first quarter of this year; up on the fourth quarter of 2018, higher than its 2013 to 2019 average and way above the 27.6% national unemployment rate.

With youth representing more than a third of the South African population, their future becomes our future. That makes it all the more important to put as many resources as possible behind turning around this worrying trend.

To read the full Business Maverick article, click here. 

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