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Youth concerned about work, education

2012-06-04 22:46

Bloemfontein - South African youth are concerned about unemployment and education, a national survey has found.

Consumer insights company Pondering Panda said the survey was done to test reaction to development problems identified by the National Planning Commission (NPC) earlier this year.

The NPC identified nine major problems facing South Africa in the years ahead.

"The survey was to gauge the reaction of South Africa's youth between the ages of 15 and 34 years old to the questions facing South Africa," Pondering Panda spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said on Monday.

She said 5 814 respondents were interviewed using mobile phones and the results were representative of the national population in the relevant age groups.

Wakefield said they were asked which three of the list of nine challenges were the most important to them.

Unemployment and education were identified as being of significantly higher importance than any other problems identified by the NPC, irrespective of age, gender, or race.

About two thirds of respondents chose them as the country's most pressing problems.

The survey also showed that education was relatively more important to younger respondents, while unemployment became more important as the respondents' ages increased.

Health and medical care were of major importance by about a third of respondents (36%).

Transport was the least important issue, with only 8% of respondents identifying it as a major problem.

"These results should be noted by our national government, as they provide a very clear picture of where South Africa's youth feel the government should prioritise their strategic efforts," said Wakefield.

It was important to note that the concern of the youth about the future was felt across all demographic groups, she said.

The survey was conducted from 11 to 14 May. The NPC created a portal on Mxit in April.

Wakefield said the aim was to reach and engage with a youth audience which do not have easy access to traditional computers and the internet.

Over 50 000 people had since interacted with the NPC service on Mxit.

Comments
  • WitWolf - 2012-06-04 23:08

    And if the anc could do more against corruption and money spent on bs, they could generate valid jobs for these people...

  • TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-04 23:08

    What ever.... this study amount's to one thing: THE YOUTH'S BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THE ANC! THEY NEVER LET ZILLE FIND THEM JOBS! THEY NEVER BUILT QUALITY SCHOOLS FOR THEM! AND THEY HAVE SHOVED PROPOGANDA DOWN THE YOUTH'S THROUGHTS THEIR ENTIRE LIVES! ITS A MESS! DOWN WITH THE ANC! VIVA DA! VIVA COPE!

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-06-05 00:55

    In a Nutshell.. Eg: All this time wasting focus, energy, publicity and money spent on the failed eTolling system could of and should be used on good basic education, technical training, entrepreneurs skills and higher grade Maths and Science.. \r\nWakey, wakey those in power!

  • Dee - 2012-06-05 01:22

    I trust any new leadership of ANCYL takes note, as I cannot recall hearing anything from them on either matters?? (Sloganeering on 'Economic Freedom' and 'Nationalisation' hardly an encouraging job creation or education strategy??) The DAYL did take part in a march on COSATU about one available youth employment opportunity - and faced a lynch mob for their efforts.

      Azande - 2012-06-05 08:21

      @Dee, I do not think you understand the implications of nationalization and Economic Freedom, do you?

      Dee - 2012-06-05 17:43

      I do - stated together - they are an oxymoron.

  • Vincent - 2012-06-05 01:50

    YCL, DAYL, ANCYL etc??? You can't allow Pondering Panda take a lime light! Since sacking of Jujulicious, voice of reason is dead among young political celebs.

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-06-05 02:20

    When and where are these surveys conducted coz i always hear/read about them on these forums

  • Boitshoko Bee-k Molebeledi - 2012-06-05 04:57

    If the ANC was serious about building a University in places like Kimberley so that the surrounding areas could be developed , we'd have a less poverty and uneducated nation... and of cause valid jobs would be generated.

      Charles - 2012-06-05 07:29

      You are right but what about the school fee people won't be able to afford it but atleast its a start even if it is 10 years late

  • mphofejack.sebela - 2012-06-05 05:33

    The idea was to improve the education system,perhaps that subjects it to more harm than good..

  • Anthony - 2012-06-05 06:18

    how long does it take for youth to grow up 35years, are they not mature enought from 21-25 years?

      Azande - 2012-06-05 08:24

      your point is ?????

  • jaba.kov - 2012-06-05 06:21

    I agree with our youth! But how bout doing something about it… in the next election vote for any out of the 20 odd political parties with the exception of the ANC. Do not vote ANC! I am not anti ANC, however for any democracy to function properly (fight crime, corruption and improve education for a brighter future) we need a strong opposition – any opposition that will be powerful enough to say to the ANC, “if you don’t deliver – we will win the next one” Our people sadly still vote along racial lines, and this is the reason why in a country that has more natural resources than china – we still have such an extreme percentage unemployed. The government does not care for the people – they care for the finer things in life like cool cars, holidays and lavish parties. Please scare our government into delivering come next election – don’t vote ANC.

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