Youth unemployment - a time bomb

2016-06-09 06:00

REPORTS covering communication between the Office of the President and the youth are encouraging. Problems are not solved by talking about groups of affected people - problems are solved by talking to groups of affected people.

From a socioeconomic viewpoint, there is no demographic group on the Hibiscus Coast more affected by unemployment and lack of economic opportunity than the youth.

Youth unemployment in this area stands at 37% and around half of those lucky enough to have a job earn less than R2 000 a month.

Recent publications addressing the reasons that protestors turn to violence highlighted ‘intense anger born out of huge frustration’ as the primary cause. We have a group of people in this area that have a right to feel frustrated because nobody is talking to them.

The establishment of a non-political “youth and/or business forum” in this area is the solution. Such a forum should be sponsored by the business sector and have as a founding objective “constructive dialogue between business and the youth to map out a way forward to address the issue of economic opportunity for the youth”.

Inclusion in a positive and constructive process will go a long way to reducing levels of frustration because anger is replaced by a vision and hope for the future.

It’s time that organised business took the lead and engaged with the section of the community that is bearing the brunt of lack of opportunity on the Hibiscus Coast.

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