Confronting unemployment in SA

By Drum Digital
27 September 2014

Youth unemployment persists, despite the state interventions over the past few years.

The face of unemployment in South Africa is young and black.

And youth unemployment persists, despite the state interventions over the past few years.

For example, the Youth Employment Accord got pledges of R2.7 billion in April last year to support youth entrepreneurship. The Industrial Development Corporation’s annual report shows that R262 million of that money had been spent by the end of the government’s financial year in March.

The 15-35 age group makes up more than a third of the country’s unemployed economically active population. Youth joblessness will have to be tackled drastically if the country is to achieve the ambitious  target, set out in the National Development Plan, of bringing unemployment down to 6% by 2030.

Can this social crisis be beaten?

DRUM has interviewed some young people from different backgrounds to find out how they are dealing with unemployment.

Read this week’s edition of Drum to find out what they have to say about the issue.

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