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Youth Development

Youth Development is essential to helping the youth of South Africa succeed in life. There are far more prospective workers than there are jobs available for them, and many youth are not able to afford to study further and become more specialised. This is where youth development programmes come in. Offering young people work readiness programmes, opportunities to advance their education and make a difference in their communities are just some of the ways that youth development can change South Africa for the better.

Failing to address the emergency of youth unemployment is a powder keg waiting to
explode. We all need to address this crisis urgently, if we wish to have a stable
country going forward.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla says while the number of black youth in employment
has grown over the last 20 years, the acquisition of skills has not grown at the same
rate within this group.

he National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Industrial Development Corporation
(IDC) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) have launched a R2.7-billion
Youth Fund aimed at creating millions of sustainable jobs.

Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has urged North
West youth to take their studies seriously as it will enable them to participate
in the running of the country.

Youth volunteers launched an initiative to build 76 houses in one month
through Youth Build programme which integrates academic achievement, work
experience, leadership development, and personal transformation in a single
project.

A partnership between Boston City Campus and Business College and the
loveLife organisation aims to deal with issues of social development and youth
empowerment.

A new forum launched in the Western Cape will focus on the role of young
people and highlight their contribution to building a better society. The
platform "will enable young people to take their rightful place in their
development".

More needs to be done to improve the effectiveness of internship
programmes that prepare graduates to go into the labour market, the
National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) said.

Entries are open for the prestigious third annual rising star awards which
recognize inspirational and passionate young talented people. The awards
form part of a programme to develop potential leaders.

Youth unemployment and poverty is a common challenge amongst member
states, and city councils from BRICS countries have been urged to consider
prioritising these problems in their policies.

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