The article “More jobs for young people, Gordhan pledges pupils,” Daily News, Tuesday, October 16 2018 refers.
South Africa’s unemployment rate is high for both youth and adults and the unemployment rate among young people aged 15–34 in 2017 was 38.2%.
This implies that more than one in every three young people in the labour force did not have a job in the first quarter of 2018.
Some of these young people have become discouraged with the labour market and they are also not building on their skills base through education and training – they are not in employment, education or training.
While Minister Pravin Gordhan’s ‘pledge’ at the Durban Girls’ College “…that by the time you become economically active your parents and ourselves would have taken our growth level to 3% and more, and more jobs would have been created,” offers hope to pupils the harsh reality of an existing high unemployment level amongst the youth almost negates the possibility of that.
SENT TO: The Daily News
Wednesday 17 October 2018
Darul Ihsan Media Desk