High unemployment rate a shame on the country's conscience
President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the high unemployment rate among the youth in the country as “a shame on our country’s conscience”.
Addressing several hundred people during the June 16 commemoration in Polokwane, Limpopo on Sunday at the local cricket club grounds, Ramaphosa said it was the youth who reminded the nation that liberation of the country is not complete if millions of people are still living in poverty and are jobless.
“Over the last few months, I travelled the country listening to the voices of our people – young and old, men and women. They took time talking about their frustrations as well as their fears. They shared their many problems and challenges. They told me of the indignity of waking up each morning, hoping that [today] will be the day that they find work or some opportunity to change their lives, only to be disappointed day-in and day-out.”
“They told me of their despondency of having to sit at home despite having the [university] degrees or the diplomas because they do not have work experience. These are the stories of the youth around the whole country.” Cyril Ramphosa
He further went on to share positive stories of innovation and entrepreneurship. And while he offered some suggestions on how we as a country need to solve this immense challenge of unemployment, we have to ask the question – what is our role? How do institutions contribute to the solution? We believe employability should be part and parcel of a student’s studies. What if there was a system that sees a student learn how to handle interviews, that prepares them for the job hunt after graduation and most importantly connects them with the right people and organisations before they graduate?
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