Violence and vandalism not the answer, Ramaphosa tells students

2016-02-20 18:51
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg – South Africa needed young people who resolved differences through dialogue, not through vandalism, violence or intimidation.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered this message at the Youth Development and Career Expo held at the University of Johannesburg on Saturday.

"We need young people that resolve differences through dialogue, not through vandalism, violence or intimidation," he said.

Ramaphosa told students the government posted a list of the top 100 scarce skills in the country every two years and that they should use this list when making career choices.

Dire shortages of certain skills

“We have a dire shortage of electrical, civil, mechanical, industrial and chemical engineers,” Ramaphosa said."There are many unfilled vacancies for quantity surveyors, project managers and finance managers.

"We have a shortage of artisans. Many of these qualifications can be acquired at TVET colleges. Government is investing significantly in these colleges"

He said that South Africa was a country building off a low skills base because of its past.

“Our National Youth Policy directs us to progressively introduce free education for poor learners until undergraduate level. It says we need to increase the funding options available to support students at post-secondary level who are academically successful but who are unable to complete their study programmes due to financial hardships.”

He said black people now lived in a country where they “no longer have limited opportunities”.

Ignite spirit of entrepreneurship

According to Ramaphosa, the state encouraged young people to look for volunteer opportunities and for companies and government departments and their agencies to absorb young people to develop their skills and improve their work experience.

“Work seekers must interact with the department of labour and register on the Employment Services of South Africa database,” he said. 

Ramaphosa said young women constituted the majority of unemployed youth. “This cannot continue. The private sector must do more to ensure gender equity in their employment.

“We are here to reignite the spirit of entrepreneurship that was almost entirely extinguished by the racist policies of apartheid,” he said.

Ramaphosa also made a call on young people to take responsibility in their personal relationships. “So, get wise, get tested, and condomise. And remember, you can always choose to abstain.”

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