Uneducated a time-bomb, Motlanthe says

2011-09-02 19:01
Johannesburg - Uneducated and unskilled youth are a "ticking time-bomb" of pent-up emotions that will explode if not addressed soon, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Friday.

"We have close to 2.8 million young people between the ages of 18 and 24 that are unemployed, and not in any institution of learning... this important social segment needs to pulled back into economic productivity as soon as possible," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the 16th National Economic Development and Labour Council annual summit in Johannesburg.

He said according to a National Planning Commission report there were extremely high levels of illiteracy and innumeracy in schools throughout the country, and that current growth projections were unsustainable for the economy's future.

"Drastic measures" were needed to build an educated and skilled labour force, he said.

"We need to move beyond social dialogue... I believe that working together as partners we can do more to answer some of these challenges through incrementally building a pool of skills, know-how and knowledge base needed by the South African economy."

Read more on:    kgalema motlanthe  |  education
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
4 real car inventions that seem like science fiction

Vehicle design and tech have come so far so fast, that what seemed impossible has become reality. These are some of the fun and exciting innovations that have found their way into vehicle tech.

/News
 

Business tips from the world’s billionaires

We share some of the world's most successful people's greatest tips and who knows, this might just lead you to your first million!

 
 

Luxury living

5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it
Watch: Flying first class has never been this luxurious!
What to expect inside a royal nursery
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a restless need for action and you may go overboard and fill your day with too many things in the need to be recognised...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.