17 June 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is putting young people at the centre of the country’s national economic recovery.
Ramaphosa spoke at the national commemoration of Youth Day.
Nearly 64% of the country’s young people in South Africa are unemployed.
Ramaphosa admitted this is something no country can afford.
“Young people are the force that drives a country and grows its economy. Right now, our economy is suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. A situation that was already bad, has gotten worse. We are putting young people at the centre of our national recovery.
“It is the singular focus of this administration to ensure that young people are given access to opportunities so they can better themselves, that they can drive change in their communities, and contribute to our economy,” said Ramaphosa.
He said government is driving a number of initiatives to provide opportunities for young people.
Ramaphosa has launched SA youth national pathway management network, led by Department of Labour, which will form a network that will support young people to find their way into the economy.
He also extended the Basic Education Employment Initiative.
“This year, with the launch of SA Youth, the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention will enter full implementation. We are extending the Basic Education Employment Initiative to support the employment of young people throughout the country – every district and every ward will benefit.
“We are establishing a Presidential Youth Service that will create opportunities for young people to meaningfully contribute to their communities and develop critical skills to participate effectively in the economy.”
Source: East Coast Radio at https://www.ecr.co.za/news/news/ramaphosa-launches-jobs-platform-extends-education-employment-initiative/