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Special Reports - Youth Day 2015 20150601. Youth challenges under intense debate in Parliament:Wednesday 25 June 2014. E Cape government injects R10 million to unemployed youth:Friday 12 June 2015. 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.

Metro FM youth celebration to rock crowds:Thursday 11 June 2015

(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.

Zuma launches “Youth Working Group”:Tuesday 9 June 2015. 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.

Social protests linked to youth unemployment: IRR report:Monday 8 June 2015

(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. .

Focus on youth unemployment at WEF:Thursday 4 June 2015

(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. 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.

Youth unemployment is public enemy number one: NYDA:Tuesday 2 June 2015

(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.

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.

NYDA, Government launches Youth month in Soweto:Monday 1 June 2015

(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.

Jhb mayor launches youth recruitment programme:Monday 1 June 2015

(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. 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.

Transnet Entrepreneurs Conference aims to empower youth:Sunday 31 May 2015

(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. 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.

Youth unemployment soars: Stats SA :Thursday 5 June 2014

(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.