Good news for job seeking graduates

8 December 2017 Cabinet has approved the Public Service Graduate Recruitment Scheme Framework. The framework forms part of the development programme within the public service to attract talented graduates. “The framework includes earmarking a percentage of each department’s vacant posts for the recruitment of graduates in scarce occupations,” Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said at a […]

Open up opportunities for young people

24 October 2017 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says young people need to be given an enabling environment in order to access employment opportunities. The Deputy President said this when he addressed a gala dinner of the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator: Solutions Exchange at the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape on Monday. […]

Youth encouraged to take interest in nuclear

Original article on sanews.gov.za |13 October 2017 Energy Deputy Minister Thembi Majola has called on young people to acquire skills that will enable them to take up opportunities in the nuclear energy sector. The Deputy Minister was addressing the annual South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS) nuclear youth summit on Wednesday. She said with […]

Youth Unemployment is Unsolvable Without Addressing ‘Waithood’

Original article on worldpolicy.org | 26 September 2017 | by Reem Rahman and Dr. Lynsey Farrell In a scenario illustrated by the World Bank, “Africa will need at least two decades to change the structure of employment sufficiently to offer dramatically different prospects to its youth.” However, what this scenario may not fully consider is the […]

Young township entrepreneur beats the odds

4 July 2018 He was among the winners at the National Youth Awards and this past Friday, he was a special guest of President Jacob Zuma at the National Youth Day celebrations held in the North West province. Young entrepreneur Bulelani Balabala’s career looks bright. Despite dropping out of school after Grade 9 when his […]

Tshepo 1 Million brings hope for Gauteng’s unemployed youth

19 June 2017 Gauteng’s unemployed youth have a reason to be hopeful again. Gauteng has about 2.7 million young people aged between 15 and 34 who are neither studying nor working. Half of them have not completed Grade 12 and are unemployable, and close to 60% of them are in long-term unemployment. They have never […]

South Africa Will Only Eradicate Poverty If Rural Youth Participate Equally In The Economy, Says IFAD Report

Original article on benzinga.com | march 2017 Government policies that bring rural young people into the economic mainstream are essential for South Africa’s sustainable development, according to a global report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The report was presented  by IFAD President, Kanayo F. Nwanze. He emphasized that with almost a quarter of […]

Redefining What Counts as a “Good” Job

Original article on worldpolicy.org | 9 March 2017 | by ReemaRahman and Lynsey Farrell Employers and job seekers across the continent are struggling with an employment mismatch of unprecedented proportions. Adetoun Adewolu-Ogwo, founder of the National Career Centers of Nigeria, experienced this firsthand when she was given the responsibility to hire new employees at one of […]

Africa’s jobless youth cast a shadow over economic growth

Original article on thezimbabwedaily.com | 29 February 2017 African governments are confronting unemployment in many different ways. In Senegal, with 200,000 Senegalese joining the labour market each year, President Macky Sall launched a programme in February 2013 to create 30,000 jobs within a year and possibly 300,000 by 2017. The African Development Bank (AfDB) is […]

Youth employment in Africa: what to do when informal is normal

Original article on voices.mckinseyonsociety.com | 29 February 2017 | by Shantayanan Devarajan In low-income African countries, most people cannot afford to be unemployed. Lacking any significant safety net, 70 to 80 percent of the labor force ekes out a living by working in low-productivity, informal farms or household enterprises. Private-sector wage and salary jobs have been […]