By Dumezweni Ndweni
JOHANNESBURG: National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) expressed outrage over the number of unemployed youth in the country.
“Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) has reported that out of 10,3 million persons aged 15-24 years 32,4% approximately 3,3 million were not in employment, education or training. Implying that close to one in three young South Africans between the ages of 15 to 24 years were disengaged with the labour market in the first quarter of 2018,” the agency’s board chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni said in a statement.
According to Mtsweni, the youth unemployment as a ticking time bomb and called for the private sector to do more. The NYDA called for 40% youth representations across all government department jobs and in the private sector.
”We call on government to urgently introduce the scrapping of experience for entry level vacancies as law, this will drastically reduce the number of unemployed graduates,” he said.
They also warned that like the youth of 1976, young people will one day rebel against their exclusion in the mainstream economy.