Keep checking back here for the full website we’re developing with more information on the project, the conversations and the municipalities we will visit. You’ll soon be able to get involved in the project, and engage with us on Twitter. In time, the website will contain the toolkit, policy paper, stories from the unemployed young people we meet, and a series of podcasts – all available for free download. You can already sign up for our newsletter.

 
 

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

The reality, though, of a limited number of jobs in a low-growth environment combined with poor education and skills training means that unemployment rates for young people in our cities and towns can be as high as 64 percent.

 

THERE ARE 19.8 MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE IN SA
  • 6.4 MILLION ARE EMPLOYED

  • 3.5 MILLION ARE UNEMPLOYED

  • 9.9 MILLION NOT ECONOMICALLY ACTIVE (INCLUDING STUDENTS AND DISCOURAGED WORK SEEKERS)

THE OVERALL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN SA IS 25.5%

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

THE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN SA (15-34) IS 35.8%

Narrow definition of unemployment

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN SA (15-24) IS 62.1%

Broad definition of unemployment

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the next 18 months the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), supported by the European Union’s Citizens in Action programme, will be holding a series of practical discussions on youth unemployment with local municipal authorities, civil society organisations, businesses, and young people in the 20 municipalities highlighted on the map below (click on the blue areas in the map below to reveal the names of the municipalities in which we will be working). Based on our previous work on young people and opportunity in South Africa’s cities (see linked list of publications below) we chose the places with the highest absolute number of unemployed young people.

 
 

Our aim is to encourage discussion among local stakeholders (municipal authorities, businesses, CSOs, and young people themselves) and contribute to finding solutions to youth unemployment in cities, towns and townships.

 
 
 

PROJECT OUTPUTS


TOOLKIT

CDE will produce a set of practical recommendations a toolkit on how local areas can look at improving employment prospects for young people.

 


PUBLICATION

CDE will produce a policy document on youth unemployment in South Africa aimed at national and provincial governments that will include lessons learned from our engagements in over 20 different municipalities.


NEWSLETTER

CDE will produce a newsletter to keep participants in our discussions all over the country informed of the project’s progress and what is emerging from our work.


PODCASTS

CDE will produce a series of podcasts on issues and practical ideas emerging from the project.

 
 
 

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)
 
 
 

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PAST ACTIVITIES

01

CITY OF JOHANNESBURG

Conversation with young unemployed people in Alexandra
[5 November 2015] 
Meeting with City of Johannesburg Municipality
[16 November 2015]  
Meeting with the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce
[27 November 2015] 
Meeting with Greater Alexandra Chamber of Commerce
[3 December 2015] 
Alexandra forum / conversation on youth unemployment
[16 February 2016]  
 
02

EMFULENI

Meeting with Emfuleni Municipality  
[2 November 2015] 
Meeting with NAFCOC
[2 November 2015] 
Conversation with young people in Sharpeville
[17 November 2015] 
Emfuleni forum / conversation on youth unemployment
[1 December 2015]  
 
03

EMALAHLENI

Meeting with Emalahleni Municipality
[2 November 2015] 
Meeting with Raizcorp (Emalahleni)
[2 November 2015] 
Meeting with young entrepreneurs and unemployed youths
[2 November 2015] 
Emalahleni forum / conversation on youth unemployment
[2 December 2015]
04

MSUNDUZI

Meeting with Msunduzi Municipality
[9 February 2016]  
Msunduzi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
[17 February 2016] Msunduzi forum
[12 May 2016]  
 
 
 
05

TSHWANE

Meeting with City of Tshwane Municipality
[11 February 2016] 
Meeting with Tshwane North Outreach – Winterveld Development Centre
[23 March 2016] 
Meeting with Tshwane Community Business Forum, Winterveld
[23 March 2016] 
Meeting with Ri-Xile Youth Development Centre / University of Pretoria
[23 March 2016] 
 
06

ETHEKWINI

Meeting with Harambee
Meeting with Ethekwini Municipality
[8 February 2016] 
[8 February 2016] 
Meeting with Catalyx
[8 February 2016] 
Meeting with City Insight
[8 February 2016] 
Meeting with the Urban Future Centre, Durban University of Technology
[9 February 2016] 
Meeting with Durban Chamber of Commerce
[9 February 2016]  
 
EThekwini forum / conversation on youth unemployment in Umlazi
[30 March 2016]  
 
07

NELSON MANDELA BAY

Meeting with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
[8 March 2016] 
Meeting with Human Capital Solutions, Coega
[8 March 2016] 
Nelson Mandela Business Chamber
[8 March 2016] 
Forum Nelson Mandela Bay
[5 May 2016]  
 
08

BUFFALO CITY

Meeting with Eastern Cape Socio Economic Consultative Corporation (ECSECC)
[16th March 2016] 
Meeting with LED unit of municipality and Youth Advisory Centre
[16th March 2016] 
Meeting with Border- Kei Chamber of Commerce
[16th March 2016] 
Meeting with Restless Youth – the youth-led development agency
[16th March 2016] 
Buffalo City Forum
[21st April]  
 
09

POLOKWANE

Meeting with Polokwane Municipality
[7 April 2016] 
Meeting with the National Youth Development Agency
[7 April 2016] 
Meeting with the Limpopo Economic Development Agency
[7 April 2016] 
NAFCOC Polokwane
[7 April 2016]  
 
10

CAPE TOWN

Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry
[14 April 2016]  
Meeting with The Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town
Meeting with Skills Department Development Program, Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape
[14 April 2016]  
[15 April 2016]  
Meeting with Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town
[15 April 2016]  
Meeting with NAFCOC
[15 April 2016]  
Meeting with Fetola
[15 April 2016]
11

MAKHADO

Meeting with Makhado Municipality
[25 April 2016] 
Meeting with NAFCOC Makhado
[25 April 2016]  
 
12

THULAMELA

Meeting with National Youth Development Agency, Thohoyandou branch
[25 April 2016] 
Meeting with Mass Computer Training College
[26 April 2016] 
Meeting with Malamulela Chamber of Commerce and Industry
[26 April 2016] 
Meeting with NAFCOC Thulamela
[26 April 2016] 
Meeting with Thulamela Chamber of Business and Industry
[25 April 2016]  

UPCOMING EVENTS

01

CITY OF JOHANNESBURG

Diepsloot forum / conversation on youth unemployment
[to be confirmed]  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
02

EMFULENI

Programme completed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
03

EMALAHLENI

Programme completed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
04

MSUNDUZI

Programme completed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
05

TSHWANE

Forum upcoming
[TBC]  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
06

ETHEKWINI

Youth forum upcoming
[TBC]  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
07

NELSON MANDELA BAY

Programme completed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
08

BUFFALO CITY

Youth Forum upcoming
[TBC]  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
09

POLOKWANE

Forum in Polokwane
[17 May 2016] 
Youth forum upcoming
[TBC]  
 
 
 
 
 
10

CAPE TOWN

Forum Cape Town
[26 July 2016] 
Youth forum upcoming
[TBC]  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11

MAKHADO

Forum Makhado
[TBC]  
 
 
 
12

THULAMELA

Thulamela forum upcoming
[TBC]