Youth positive about SA's future

2013-06-14 16:11


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Johannesburg - Most young people are optimistic about the country's future, a survey revealed on Friday.

It found that 56% of the youth believed South Africa would be a better place for them to live in 10 years from now.

The number was 3% higher than the 53% recorded earlier this year.

The cellphone survey, conducted by Pondering Panda through the Youth Hope Index, involved 8 349 respondents aged between 15 and 34.

The responses were weighted nationally in terms of age, gender, and race.

The survey revealed that those who had a negative outlook fell from 47% in March to 44% in June.

Younger respondents were more optimistic.

While 64% of 15 to 17-year-olds felt South Africa would be a better place to live in a decade from now, only 57% of 18 to 24-year-olds believed the same, and 51% of people between 25 and 34 shared this optimism.

Men proved to be more optimistic than women.

Sixty percent of them responded positively about the country's future compared to 53% of women.

Optimism also differed according to race, said Pondering Panda.

Black youth more positive

The survey revealed that young black South Africans showed the most optimism, with 58% being positive about the country's future.

In contrast, less than half of respondents from all other race groups were positive about their future. Only 49% of whites, 48% of coloureds, and 36% of Indians felt South Africa would be a better place in which to live a decade from now, the survey found.

Respondents also indicated that unemployment, crime, and politics caused their biggest worries.

Unemployment was the top issue for black respondents while crime was the biggest concern for whites, coloureds, and Indians.

Pondering Panda spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said: "As we approach Youth Day, it is positive to see that young South Africans are feeling relatively more optimistic about their future in SA, with optimism levels having improved slightly in the last couple of months.

"We saw it fall last year after Marikana and dip again in March after the farmworker strikes, but it has recovered slightly since then," she said.

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