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Special Reports - Youth Day 2015 20150601. Youth challenges under intense debate in Parliament:Wednesday 25 June 2014. The theme of the Youth Debate was Together Advancing Youth Development and Empowerment. (SABC) The challenges facing young people in the country came under intense debate in the National Assembly on Tuesday as young Members of Parliament debated Youth Day. Issues on education and unemployment dominated the debate. The theme of the Youth Debate was: Together Advancing Youth Development and Empowerment. Some MPs from different political parties made their maiden speeches debating the challenges and the way forward to advance the youth. Making his maiden speech was Makashule Gana from the DA who raised the challenges still faced by school going learners in certain areas. “I know a lot has been done, yet so much more still needs to be done…with more honesty. The Economic Freedom Fighters says unemployment has risen since 1994 instead of declining.

EFF MP, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, further criticised capitalism, the youth wage subsidy and government's Extended Public Works Programme. E Cape government injects R10 million to unemployed youth:Friday 12 June 2015. The latest figures indicates that close to 40% of the youth in the Eastern Cape is unemployed. (SABC) The Eastern Cape Social Development department has injected over R10 million in skills development targeting unemployed youth. This is according to the latest figures that indicate that close to 40% of youth in the province are unemployed. The department has identified at least 30 young people between the ages of 17 to 35 with a minimum qualification of Grade 12 to be trained on a one year training programme as chefs at Stenden University in Port Alfred. The youth come from disadvantaged backgrounds and the department says it wants to break the poverty cycle.

Beneficiary, Sive Witbooi says this opportunity will change her life forever. "I used to sit at the location (township) doing nothing and I was looking for a job. Meanwhile, Dr. The department says it is of paramount importance to equip the youth with skills as to enable young people to participate meaningfully in mainstream economy. Metro FM youth celebration to rock crowds:Thursday 11 June 2015. Metro FM’s Young ‘n Free Youth Celebration will take place on Monday June 15 at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg. (SABC) Metro FM’s Young ‘n Free Youth Day Celebration is set to celebrate and commemorate the youth who fought for freedom with an impressive line-up of some of South Africa’s cream of the crop artists. Growing in popularity and its third year running, the event will take place on Monday 15 June at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg south, to accommodate a much bigger crowd.

Metro FM Programme’s Manager Tony Soglo says the theme “Take the Next Step” urges today’s youth to take steps towards greatness like the youth of 1976 did. The much anticipated line-up includes artists Cassper Nyovest, Zola, Big Nuz and Riky Rick and DJ Naves, DJ Sbu, Euphonik, Major League and Lulu Café, to name a few. Also featured on the line-up, Metro FM DJ Spectacula says there will a timeline of South Africa’s milestones from 1976 to date that will be on display at the event. Zuma launches “Youth Working Group”:Tuesday 9 June 2015. Unemployment is one of the hugest problem facing youth in SA. (SABC) President Jacob Zuma has launched the Presidential Youth Working Group, which aims at tackling issues such as socio-economic development and empowerment of the youth in the country. President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday met with youth formations from various sectors in the country ranging from sport to the agricultural sector to discuss solutions to some of the problems young people face.

The National Youth Policy which seeks to address challenges hindering the country's youth was also discussed. Thamsanqa Maqubela from the South African Council for Graduates Cooperative says at least R100 million has been set aside to assist unemployed graduates in the country. Maqubela says the money will be used to help unemployed graduates, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds. TVET are producing really good graduates that are able to work. “TVET are producing really good graduates that are able to work. Social protests linked to youth unemployment: IRR report:Monday 8 June 2015. In 2014 alone, there were 176 major service delivery protests, with 21% of them in Gauteng. (SABC) A recent study by the Institute of Race Relations shows that the increase in social protests is directly linked to youth unemployment in the country. The institute's spokesperson Mienke Mari Steytler says South Africa has seen a 96% increase in social protests since 2010.

In 2014 alone, there were 176 major service delivery protests, with 21% of them in Gauteng. The Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal account for 18% of last year's protests. Steytler says protests place a strain on the economy. “There is a strong correlation between government wastage or expenditure wastage and social protests. According to the report, there were 11 668 peaceful crowd-related incidents in 2013/2014, 11 668 peaceful crowd-related incidents, 1 907 unrest-related incidents, and 1 691 incidents of public violence. Focus on youth unemployment at WEF:Thursday 4 June 2015. WEF on Africa has attracted over 100 young leaders from 31 countries. . (SABC) The 25th session of the World Economic Forum on Africa will hold with several sessions dedicated towards finding answers to the continent's youth high unemployment rate. More than 1 200 delegates will attend the gathering.

Amnesty International Youth Co-ordinator Edward Ndopu is heading a campaign to encourage more youth to participation in discussions such as the forum. It's attracted over 100 young leaders from 31 countries. They're trying to find ways in which they can own their future by creating jobs. Africa is the largest youth demographic in the world, but when it comes to decision making African youth is largely excluded. Unemployment has been highlighted as one of the biggest challenges facing young people. With Africa regarded as the next growth region by developed countries, its working population is expected to double to one-billion in the next 25 years. Youth unemployment is public enemy number one: NYDA:Tuesday 2 June 2015. Yershen Pillay(pictured) says that Youth Month is about reflecting on the past and taking lessons for the struggles of the present. (SABC) Government in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has launched the 2015 Youth Month Programme.

This year's theme is, "Youth moving South Africa forward". This comes at the time when, according to Trading Economics, the unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 26.4% in the first quarter of this year, and more than 50% of those are young people. Chairperson of the National Development Agency, Yershen Pillay says that youth unemployment is public enemy number one. However he also says that youth development agencies such as NYDA are taking a multi-pronged approach, combining radical policies and a collective effort of all stakeholders. According to Pillay, making job creators instead of job seekers shows a change in the value system which can help to solve the unemployment issue. For more on this story, watch the video below: NYDA, Government launches Youth month in Soweto:Monday 1 June 2015. The focus is on the plight of South African youngsters and their struggles to make ends meet. (SABC) Government and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) officially launched the start of Youth month at the Hector Peterson Memorial in Soweto on Monday.

The focus is on the plight of South African youngsters and their struggles to make ends meet. For one young man - government assistance years back - was a lifeline. He is now an entrepreneur in an unusual industry. They could be seen as a nuisance on the road every day as they pushing their trolleys - filled to the brim with recycled materials. Sifiso Ngobese left his lucrative banking job in 2010 to start a business - manufacturing trolleys. It’s equipped with reflectors and brakes. He says he has hired four people, going to role out 400 trolleys in July. Sifiso could not have made it without government assistance to kick-start his business. But even with Sifiso's success - many more need a helping hand. Jhb mayor launches youth recruitment programme:Monday 1 June 2015. Parks Tau says the recruitment programme aims to reach at least 200 000 job-seekers. (SABC) The City of Johannesburg has launched the Vulindlela eJozi programme, which will assist young unemployed people find jobs within private and public sectors.

Mayor, Parks Tau, says the youth-targeted recruitment programme aims to reach at least 200 000 job-seekers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. The City has partnered with youth employment accelerators, Harambee, to establish a recruitment programme specifically aimed at young unemployed people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. This is to help address the high unemployment rate of youth in the City. According to the Census 2011 statistics - more than 60 % of young people in Johannesburg are unemployed.

Mayor Parks Tau says it is partly due to the fact that many school leavers aren't aware or do not have access to opportunities. The majority of the jobs aren't advertised and therefore recruits are not found. Transnet Entrepreneurs Conference aims to empower youth:Sunday 31 May 2015. The event will take place on June 4and 5 at the President Hotel in Bloemfontein. (SABC) The Transnet Young Entrepreneurs Conference and Expo will discuss a wide variety of issues affecting young entrepreneurs to inspire and motivate them. Tumi Moatshe, a project manager at M3 Marketing says the theme of the conference is empowering youth for the future so that the young generation can be prepared and know how to go about starting their own businesses and being entrepreneurs.

Adding his voice is Matefo Morakeng, Chief Executive Officer of M3 Marketing. He says the conference comes at the right time as June is Youth month and the conference will include discussions on opportunities that are available. It is the third instalment of the conference and expo and will involve about 20 guest speakers from different sectors. The event will take place on June 4 and 5 at the President Hotel in Bloemfontein. Click below for full interview. Edited by Ivana Andric. Skills gap blamed for youth unemployment :Wednesday 27 May 2015. Youth unemployment soars: Stats SA :Thursday 5 June 2014.

Since the 2008 recession, the youth unemployment rate has been consistently higher than that of adults, by more than 20 percentage points. (SABC) Unemployment among young South Africans rose significantly over the past six years, Statistics SA (Stats SA) said on Thursday. "The unemployment rate among youth aged 15 to 34 increased from 32.7% to 36.1% between 2008 and 2014," according to the latest Stats SA report on national and provincial labour market trends among the youth. Since the 2008 recession, the youth unemployment rate has been consistently higher than that of adults, by more than 20 percentage points. While young adults made up between 52% to 64% of the working population, they accounted for only 42% to 49% of the employed.

"The youngest working age populations are found in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal," the report said. The report listed a variety of problems facing young people in the labour market.