Innovation holds key to jobs

5 December 2017 South Africa must cultivate a conducive business climate that is able to support innovation so start-ups can thrive and ultimately create jobs. Releasing the 10th edition of South Africa’s Economic Update on Friday in Tshwane, the World Bank identified innovation as the bedrock for a country that is keen to drive up […]

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 […]

Lifting Africa up by empowering its youth

Original article on voices.mckinseyonsociety.com | 28 February 2017 | by Fred Swaniker Finding opportunities for young people is a critical challenge for Africa, where 62 percent of the population—more than 600 million young people—is below the age of 25. With no signs that population growth will slow in the decades to come, it is imperative that Africa […]

Youth take action on unemployment crisis

Original article on standardmedia.co.ke|14 October 2016 |  by Eva Muhatia Unemployment is a global crisis and presents particularly a difficult labor market experience for young people. In Africa especially, unemployment and underemployment remain major obstacles to the full utilization of human resources despite relatively strong growth in the region over the last few years. Youth in […]

Young deserve a shot at work

Original article on bdlive.co.za | 28 September 2016 | A recent World Bank study of southern Africa’s young population talks about the “demographic window of opportunity” in which the proportion of working-age people reaches its peak. Ideally, countries whose working-age young people are becoming an ever-larger proportion of the adult population should be in a position […]

Poor education traps black youth in poverty

Source: BDLive | by Carol Paton | 19 April 2016 TWO sets of data released on Monday provide alarming evidence that SA’s poor black youth are falling behind their peers in other population groups, and trends show there is little hope of this changing, despite government attempts at transformation. Releasing Statistics SA’s (Stats SA’s) “social […]