It has been a rough few months since joining the ranks of the unemployed. The future does not look good for the youth and, quite frankly, it doesn’t look like there will be any significant change any time soon.
The future has been stolen from us, not only by us the youth, but by those who allow corruption to manifest.
As much as there is little done about corruption, it can be equally seen with youth unemployment. There is more talk than action.
If the future of this country is with the youth, is it not crucial that more emphasis is placed on them than to carry on the corruption spree we are currently witnessing?
When the president of the country announced the youth wage subsidy in 2010, I was met with a sense of doubt, not because I was negative but because many government policies never seem to materialise.
Nevertheless, I was hopeful that just maybe things would be different, but how wrong I was proved.
The subsidy would have by now made significant inroads in the lives of the unemployed and skilled. Instead, the policy has spent about two years in boardrooms while many young people lose hope. The National Youth Development Agency has also failed in its mandate.
Age is not stationery and people need to feed their families. The excuse that there are no skills in South Africa is seriously tiresome because jobs are now being reserved for pals and family members who possess no skills for the jobs they are offered, while rightfully honest graduates are being overlooked.
Jobs are bought now and you cannot honestly get a job any more. If you go to an interview, you are more likely to have been called there to disguise the process.
We need to realise that the government of the ruling party loves to act as if it has the interest of the country or everyone at heart. The sudden turn in introducing the youth wage looks more like a buy-in to appease the youth so as to get votes in next year’s elections.
So, my question lies in understanding who really is for the youth and why there’s a necessity for youth bodies that claim to represent us while failing to offer significant help?
» Ntshauzana is an unemployed youngster from Maclear in the Eastern Cape