JONATHAN JANSEN | For SA’s youth to get good jobs, there are two things they need

Meet two young South Africans who make my point about the value of a good basic education and hard work

16 June 2021 - 19:21

It is the worst possible news to come in the month we celebrate Youth Day. Stats SA recently announced the official unemployment rate was 46.3% among youth (15-34) in this first quarter of 2021. Under the expanded definition of unemployment, which includes discouraged jobseekers, youth unemployment stands at a shocking 74.7%. The minister of labour reported that about 1.3 million youth (15-24) sit at home for three months, but more than a million remain without work for 12 months.

What does education have to do with all of this? The official unemployment rate for university graduates is only 9.3%. More than half of the 7.2 million unemployed persons in this first quarter (52.4% to be exact) had education achievements below matric. (By the way, we have more unemployed persons in SA than the total populations of Namibia, Botswana and Lesotho combined!)...

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