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New Plans To Put Youth At Work

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With the country moving towards implementing Vision 2030, government will place special focus on youth development and employment.

New plans to put youth at work

“The fact that the unemployment rate among young South Africans is more than 50% is a national crisis that demands urgent, innovative and coordinated solutions,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.

Figures from Statistics South Africa are showing that increasingly more young people are out of work despite them being a major human resource for development, key agents for social change, economic expansion and innovation.

National Youth Service

Announcing mechanisms and interventions to address the immediate needs of the country’s youth - President Ramaphosa said government will expand the National Youth Service (NYS) to take on 50 000 young people a year.

NYS under the NYDA is the single largest service programme for young people in the country. It gets young people involved in activities and provides various services to their communities which contributes positively and adds value to their learning and personal development. These activities are in line with the national development objectives.

The President said it is therefore essential that government proceeds without delay to implement a comprehensive plan which will be driven and coordinated from the Presidency.

He said this will create no fewer than two million new jobs for young people within the next decade.

“This plan will work across government departments and all three tiers of government, in partnership with the private sector.”

The President said they have already started working with the private sector to create pathways into work for young people through scaling up existing pathway management networks.

These networks - he explained - will allow young people who opt in increased visibility, network support and opportunities to signal their availability for jobs and self-employment.

“They make sure that youth from poorer households – and young women in particular – are empowered to take up the new opportunities.”

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