SOUTH AFRICA’S YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE THE COUNTRY’S GREATEST ASSET.
Young people are dynamic and energetic. They are generally open to new ideas and innovative ways of doing things.
Enabling young people to find employment is South Africa’s greatest challenge. Higher levels of employment will provide hope for the future for young South Africans and contribute to the country’s growth potential and our ability to combat poverty and inequality.
South Africa needs successful businesses in local communities. This will lead to more employment, which will lead to viable and sustainable local economic development opportunities. Increased employment has many benefits: a chance to learn on the job, develop valuable skills, earn money and dignity, feel included in society, and contribute to the wellbeing of one’s family and the community at large.
EVERYONE IN SOUTH AFRICA WILL BENEFIT FROM HAVING AS MANY YOUNG PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE IN EMPLOYMENT
Previous CDE Work on Unemployment and Opportunities for Young People
CDE has undertaken a lot of work on unemployment and youth unemployment. If you want to read these reports click on the links below:
• Cities of Hope: Young people and opportunity in South Africa’s cities (2014)
• Coping with Unemployment: Young people’s strategies and their policy implications (2012)
• Routes into Formal Employment: Public and private assistance to young job seekers (2012)
• A Fresh Look at Unemployment: A conversation among experts (2011)
• South Africa’s ‘Door Knockers’: Young people and unemployment in metropolitan South Africa (2008)
• Paths to Employment: Challenges facing young people in accessing the job market (2007)