Youth Development

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Having declared youth unemployment as a crisis, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday appealed to young people to not give up hope for a brighter future with government’s assistance.

While government continues to invest in education and skills development,
President Jacob Zuma has urged the youth to dream big and to help the
country move towards meaningful economic emancipation.

Given that the odds of creating a better life remained heavily stacked against
women, investment in their education could make a significant difference, says
governor Gill Marcus.

A unique team of five young scholars have been tasked with cracking the code of
emerging markets. Using a multidisciplinary approach the team will work to understand
some of the social and economic development issues the developing world faces.

Youth have been urged to use their academic qualifications for the betterment of
society as a whole and not just for their personal gain. Recently deceased Professor
Ismail Mohamed was heralded for his efforts in demonstrating this principle during his
life time.

The National Youth Development Agency has stated that it remains a critical vehicle for youth development in South Africa. The NYDA was established in June 2009 after President Jacob Zuma approved the merger between Umsobomvu Youth Fund and the National Youth Commission.

Workplaces have been made available for students and graduates to gain practical
experience, through the efforts of the Provincial Government of Gauteng. Minister
Blade Nzimande has applauded this move and urged others to follow their lead.

President Jacob Zuma has appointed new members to the National Youth Development Agency Board. Zuma appointed the members in terms of section 9 (2) of the National Youth Development Agency Act, 2008.

President Jacob Zuma says investing in the country?s youth and paying particular attention to their skills development is one way of helping the country stay on course to achieving economic growth in the future.

The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation said that SA is committed to policies that strengthen the professionalism of youth work. These policies would look to ensure the youth were guided by skilled and competent individuals.

The Gauteng provincial government has stated that it would create more opportunities for the youth to gain workplace experience. the provincial government will work closely with the national Department of Higher Education to ensure opportunities are taken through Further Education and Training colleges.

Through the correctional services' learnership programme over 1000 unemployed
youths have received skills development training in the field. This training has opened
up employment opportunities in the department.

Government is hosting National Youth Camps for youths aged between 14 and 25 in all nine provinces. The camps are aimed at empowering young South Africans by teaching them about leadership, social cohesion and nation building through outdoor adventure games and other activities.

South African youth have been honoured at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House for their determination and efforts in improving the lives of those who are less fortunate. The award aims to motivate young people to become involved in voluntary self-development activities.


An estimated 10 000 jobs are expected to be created for unemployed rural youth through a recently launched programme by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The National Rural Youth Service Corps (NARYSC) will be targeting youth from deep rural areas, including those living with disabilities between the ages of 18 to 35 and who have passed Grade 10.

President Jacob Zuma says it is important that the government ensures the youth reaps the benefits of democracy as well as all other constitutional rights they have as citizens of South Africa.

The Masupatsela Youth Pioneer Programme, which will see youth actively trying to improve their communities and the lives of the people around them while learning skills, is to be launched next month. The youth programme aims to develop the youth into "agents of change" by giving them the tools to conduct community service.

Mining programmes aimed at assisting youth development will be unveiled by the Department of Minerals and Energy in partnership with Anglo American and Xstrata on Friday 29 June.

The Minister of Labour's tour of the Limpopo has taken him to a Umsobomvu Youth Fund advice centre to hear about the concerns of young people in the province.

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