South Africa has been listed as one of the top three countries on the African continent with the highest youth unemployment rate.
This is according to 2014 statistics compiled by Good Governance Africa (GGA). Today, the Deputy Minister for Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams visited Thaba ‘Nchu, outside Bloemfontein, to address the Free State youth about the challenge of unemployment.
She also told youth about government’s youth economic development programmes that aim to equip young people with the necessary skills and education, to ultimately address unemployment. She explained:
“There aren’t enough job opportunities for young people. We want young people to be innovative. This is why we support entrepreneurial ideas. This is also why we called upon young people to come and grab these opportunities. We have realized that at times, they do know about these opportunities but choose not to grab them. Government makes funding available so education can be accessible to everyone, but some people choose not utilize these opportunities.”
She encouraged young people to take the initiative and be more proactive in equipping themselves with skills that will make them employable.
“We encourage them that the only way for them to be the economic freedom fighters is through education and skills,” she said.
Abrahams was joined by MEC of Housing in the Free State, Olly Mlamleli at the 2015 youth dialogue which took place at Albert Moroka High school in Thaba Nchu on 25 June 2015.