Are Ongoing Protests and Youth Unemployment Related?

Advertisement
 

In 2019 South Africa was recognised by the World Bank as one of the most unequal societies in the world. Is this particular statement by the World Bank representative of the ongoing protests in the country? Read further to learn more.


Advertisement
 

South African businesses have been experiencing loss as protests in the country continue to disrupt law and order. Unemployment is expected to rise after these unfolding events so where does the youth stand in the protests?

Everything that we do as government contributes towards improving the lives of young people.

These were the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Youth Unemployment Intervention event, that was held on 14 June 2021 in response to the 46% of youth unemployment crisis.

Former Statistician General, Dr Pali Lehohla, warns the government about the point of focus as the protesters continue to destroy businesses. The protests started as what is believed to be the push back to the constitutional Court for sentencing the former president Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison.

Dr Lehohla sends a message to the government that the actual point of focus is youth unemployment.

As the shopping malls and small businesses have been destroyed particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Province, more people join the long queue of unemployment. What appears in the scenes of the looting protesters is not youth only but older ages as well.

Lehohla has previously warned of the coming difficult times as a result of an increase in youth unemployment.

We have a serious problem of leadership in this country that hasn’t focussed on the right things.

President Cyril Ramaphosa stated in his speech on 11 July 2021 that ANC is accused number one in these ongoing protests, looting and violence.

Opinions continue to differ about the unfolding riots in the country, some suspecting criminal elements being opportunistic when others say its poverty. Ramaphosa came out and condemned the looting protesters promising the deployment of soldiers to restore peace and order. 

The ongoing events of looting paints an after-effect crisis of poverty as many businesses will take time to rebuild.

The youth continues to be the vulnerable group that is associated with the looting as businesses in the country suffers loss due to ongoing protests.

 


Advertisement

 


Advertisement


Other Articles

Applications for the 2023 academic year are now open at Northlink College. Northlink College is a TVET College situated in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town and offers various courses.

Applications are open for Second Semester Business Studies at Gonnafela Letlole Academy, Mmametlhake Campus.

Advertisement


Latest SASSA Articles

The Sassa Social Relief of Distress grant is being paid to all qualifying beneficiaries. If you are among those that have been meaning to apply for an appeal to your reject application status, Here is the procedure on how to lodge an appeal for your declined R350 grant application.

Does your R350 SRD grant application status say 'Self Exclusionary Response Found'? Here's what this means and what you can do about it. 


Advertisement


Careers Advice

Cyber security professionals do not have an easy job, which is one of the reasons why they are highly sought after by companies in all industries. As the importance of data security increases, companies find it increasingly difficult to protect their data. 

When you hear about your friend’s fabulous job in tech, the perks and the pay, it all sounds pretty awesome. While it might feel like grass is always greener on the other side, making a career switch isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

Advertisement