It is not normal for a society to be this unequal, hence we cannot adopt a standard or even classical approach to the challenges that we encounter, writes Ralph Mathekga.
There is no doubt that young people in South Africa face a myriad of problems: high unemployment, poor educational outcomes, various forms of poverty, and less than ideal mental and physical health, including high rates of HIV.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the National Youth Service, introduced last year, will take on tens of thousands of young South Africans as well as assisting young entrepreneurs.
We have the opportunity to serve one another, learn from those around us, keep our government accountable and work not for our own gain but for a better future for those who will come after us, writes Carli van Wyk.
Looking at the trends over the last few years, there’s been a systematic decrease in youth participation in elections. Does this reflect youth apathy or lack of confidence in the system of democracy to meet their needs?
Is it not time to consider post-school training programs in collaboration with the defence force that could provide basic soft skills such as discipline, as well as technical competence for unemployed young people, asks Mamphela Ramphele.
What are the reasons for young people deciding to leave the country? Jobs, education and safety make up a big part of the motivation.
I want to see a South Africa where black people are empowered as promised, to ensure that there is an equal chance for all races to have equal standing in the road to success.
Don't wait for policy change - business can make a significant difference on the ground, says Vuyo Kobokoane.
The ANCYL also urged the private sector investing in the country to prioritise job opportunities for the youth.
The Jobs Summit will see government promising no forced retrenchments in the 1.3 million-strong public service, says Madoda Vilakazi, executive director at Nedlac.
We dare not continue to postpone mounting an aggressive campaign to tackle the multiple challenges we face. Orthodox economic models are clearly inappropriate to address the unemployment crisis, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the high unemployment rate among the youth in the country as "a shame on our country's conscience".
Companies are the most sustainable projects for creating mass employment, and the only way to help them prosper is to foster a climate in which entrepreneurs are willing to take risks in anticipation of reasonable rewards, writes Ann Bernstein.
We need to stop the criminal wastage of the talent residing in our youthful population by taking steps to transform the socio-economic structures of our society that perpetuate the wounds of divisions, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
In Auckland Park, Johannesburg, home to two of the city's main universities, throngs of students on Wednesday waited patiently in long queues to cast their votes, some for the first time.
I want to be here and build my community as my community has built me. But my chances of getting a scholarship/internship at organisations abroad are greater than getting funding to start up and sustain an SME or a community development project.
Cyril Ramaphosa is a populist and contradictory speaker. On the one hand he wants young white people to stay in the country but on the other hand leads a party that endorses race-based policies which undermine merit and equal opportunities of races.
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It is easy to be discouraged as a South African youth or young adult. Pessimism is the norm in their reality, irrespective of the endless opportunities out there.
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