MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 11
Article views: 4
Latest Badges:

View all CommonSense's badges.

The real problem in SA

28 January 2013, 10:02

The real problem in NOT jobs...or the lack thereof.

The real problem is numbers...what number? I hear you ask.

Bear with me and I will try to highlight. In the 2011 census 8.2 million South Africans are between the ages of 15 and 23. 23 being the average age according to the census. An extra one third of total population is under 15 years of age or around 17.6 mill persons. This is the real youth of South Africa - the real future of South Africa, almost 50% of our population. My child is also in this category - hence my concern.

There are currently almost 6 mill registered tax payers (not all are active though) from a population of 51.8 mill, which is roughly 11.4% of the population.

The numbers above indicate that we need at least 1 million new jobs created each and every year just for the youth.

These jobs need to be both significant and sustainable, as these numbers will just keep on increasing. It is also bandied about that unemployment is at 25% indicating that another significant number of jobs are already desperately required.

The real blatant issue is that this indicates we need to double or even triple our labour force right now just to absorb our current numbers.

I often hear the word "jobs" in both interviews and news clips, but that is all I hear - there appears to be a crucial word missing and that is "what jobs". Even if we start building new rail, roads and other infrastructure like crazy, and the private sector somehow doubles their workforce, are we still going have the capacity to absorb these types of numbers into society? How are we going to feed these numbers, agriculture is slowly but surely fading away in our economy - fact. So we will probably need to import food, at what costs to the country and our economy?
Surely the government should be ploughing every spare cent into the ground to feed the nation - food is the most basic of needs, not education, not tarred roads, not free water and not free electricity. These are merely nice to haves on a hungry stomach...

We need to start seriously looking at our populations numbers and real, workable ways to reduce this, OR we need to pull millions of jobs yearly out our box of tricks - which is the only workable option ?

Surely someone higher up the food chain than me should already see this, and shout it from the roof tops - every single day until the ministers that be actually stop yapping, and start doing something for a change.

Maybe mining and similar large co's have spotted the writing on the wall, and hence their ability to say "close a mine here, close a mine there, if we lose a mining license in SA so what".

Heres hoping, no praying, that someone brighter than me comes up with a very, very bright plan...very, very, quickly.....

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Denis Dendrinos
Sandton and EcoMobility

Everyone is whining and complaining about the current road closures for the roadworks and about the temporary closures for the EcoMobility month in October. Read more...

0 comments 182 views
Submitted by
Thulane Che Trosky637
The ANC's Parliament

There are signs that the ANC is losing its grip on Parliament. Read more...

0 comments 175 views
Submitted by
Thomas Hill Jr.
RWC 2015

My Completely Unqualified Opinion on Upsets and 'Supporter Hypocrisy' Read more...

0 comments 108 views
Submitted by
Andrew Nowell753
The fallacy of leave

While leave might be regarded as a luxury, it is actually a necessity for the wellbeing of any worker. Read more...

0 comments 2384 views
Submitted by
Brent Simons
Every ANC leader must act and be ...

The time to seriously discuss leadership and where we want to take the ANC and South Africa has arrived! Read more...

0 comments 711 views
Submitted by
Antoinette Harrison
My unexpected and shocking visit ...

My trip to South Africa was to visit my younger brother in hospital as he was very ill. Nobody prepared me for the site that would accost me on my arrival. to SA Read more...

0 comments 4533 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.