Deputy President David Mabuza has vowed to work with various stakeholders in the economy to tackle youth unemployment in South Africa. This comes after StatsSA revealed that 34% of the countries citizens are without a job.
The recent youth unemployment statistics are alarming. StatsSA says that 64.4% of people between the ages of 15 and 24 are unemployed. The report found that 42.9% of people aged between 25 and 35 are without a job. The Eastern Cape is the worst hit with more than 47% of the province’s youth being unemployed.
Mbauza made his intentions known in a National Council of Provinces (NCOP) sitting on Thursday. He believes that collaboration between the public and private sectors is key in tackling the crisis.
“The importance of pragmatic public-private partnerships cannot be emphasised enough to empower and capacitate young people, for whom economic emancipation remains a deferred dream,” said the deputy president.
Mabuza believes that young people must be equipped with the right skills to become employable in the South African economy. He notes that agriculture and agro-processing, mining, tourism, the oceans economy and service industries have the potential to take on young people and lower the rate of unemployment in the country.
StatsSA found that of South Africa’s 7.8 million unemployed citizens, 51.5% did not have a matric certificate while 38% did have a matric certificate. The report also found the 2.4% of the unemployed people were graduates while 7.7% of them have a tertiary qualification.
“We are optimistic that through our coordination of the Human Resource Development Council, we will be able to find workable, long-term solutions to the skills gap and youth unemployment through convergences in the deployment of resources to achieve better outcomes” added Mabuza.