Youth unemployment needs action now as well as long term strategies

South Africa’s stubborn – and tragic – problem of large scale, long term, structural unemployment, especially amongst the country’s youth, needs long term, structural solutions: radical improvements in early childhood education and basic education, re-establishing the link between technical and vocational education and training and the workplace ranking high amongst them. This useful article by… Read More

Another ‘lost generation’ in SA?

The REDI3x3 and National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) provide not just a snapshot but a moving picture (in both senses of moving) of youth unemployment and poverty in South Africa. Particularly sobering is the fact that even when young people do find jobs they struggle to retain them – there is no linear progression, but… Read More

300 South African firefighters are trained and headed to Fort McMurray – The Globe and Mail

Thought I would share this story – a good news story about SA, for a change – from today’s Globe and Mail: the excuse being a) it gladdens my heart as a South African and b) there is a link (at a stretch) to this blog, insofar as it touches on youth unemployment. In any… Read More