The Struggle of Unemployment

2016-05-18 06:00

SINETHEMBA MZIMELA

BETWEEN 2008 and the first quarter of 2015 youth unemployment deteriorated and more young people have given up looking for work.
Statistics SA’s youth labour market reports reflected that, of the approximately 19.7-million working-age youth (15 to 34 years), 9.8-million were not economically active, 6.2-million were employed, and 3.6-million were unemployed. The "not economically active" include discouraged work-seekers, full-time students, and homemakers.

Universities are hosting their graduation ceremonies all around South Africa, but the only worry fixed in my mind is that are all these graduates guaranteed jobs?
And the sad truth is, no they are not. The fortunate ones are those who had sponsors who promised them employment after graduation, but the rest will become a part of the ever growing percentage of unemployed youth in this country.
Unemployment is a growing challenge in this country and I feel that our government should take serious measures in addressing this matter.
Tears fill my eyes as I imagine the worth of these degrees, that students have fought so hard to get, falling to the ground due to a lack of employment.

Chances of one getting a job in this country of ours have been measured by the amount of connection a person preserves from the inside or the worth in their pockets. For a regular person who is struggling to make ends meet, they are left to endure the consequences of starvation and misery.
This leaves them to resort to unlawful behaviour such as crime, and robbery becomes a source of income to the unemployed, struggling individuals in this country.

Jobs are a necessity to a person’s life as it provides a stable income that guarantees the fulfillment of their daily need.
In this country there has always been a constant struggle for employment. Sadly enough it is the youth who suffer the most and I ask myself, what future will there be if it is the same future leaders who are left to suffer.
When will the doors open for these young individuals to earn a living and stop relying on social grants?
Young entrepreneurs are failing to survive in the business world because there are no sponsors willing to support their initiatives.
I weep for the time I graduate as I do not wish to become a statistic in the rate of unemployment.
Government should stop making promises during elections and not delivering on them as time progresses as this impacts badly on our country. We cannot all rely on tax payers’ contribution, but we should all be tax payers so that we can contribute.

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