President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that many of the projects and initiatives government is embarking on are aimed at creating opportunities for young people.
Speaking to Xolani Gwala in an exclusive 702 interview on Thursday, Ramaphosa outlined some of the plans that government has in the pipeline, with a particular focus on providing vocational skills.
We finding that a lot of young people are being drawn back into agriculture, they are being drawn into the land issue. We are going to be opening agricultural colleges. We want young people who are getting skills as they are come out of universities and community colleges...— President Cyril Ramaphosa
One of the things we are going to test drive is to do the German system, the German system where young people get into colleges and do theoretical work. Six months of theory and six months of practical where immediately as they do practical work they are then introduced into the working world....— President Cyril Ramaphosa
We want the focus of young people to move more and more toward doing technical work. Real technical work and not be shy to become plumbers, smiths people....— President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa said he would like to see young people prepared for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
He also said he would like South Africa to have something similar to Silicon Valley - the home of start-up and global technology companies, but not everyone believes his dream is realistic given the country's quality of education.
#RamaphosaOn702 "I want our young people to be made ready for the 4th industrial revolution. My dream is to have a Silicon Valley type of situation in our country."— 702 (@Radio702) December 13, 2018
We have the highest corporate tax rate in Africa, dropped our pass marks to 30% and experience regular power outages. There's going to be no Silicon Valley in South Africa. Cyril must stop with this nyaope talk. We going to need an IMF bailout over the next 3 years. https://t.co/0EDECiZYCB— Sowellnomics (@Sowellnomics) December 13, 2018
How will we get there?When young people are constantly denied funding for great and innovative ideas?How will it happen when we are told that South Africa’s market is not ready for certain products or technologies and only to find them introduced by foreign entities?— Thabang Sekgothe (@riicky_waters) December 13, 2018
Education actually limits innovation...— Prudy M (@Faithgiver) December 14, 2018
Just check pioneers in Silicone Valley, what qualifications did they have? Check your Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook etc...
Mathematics must be compulsory from grade 4 until matriculation and not literacy real mathematics pass mark of 50% otherwise we are perpetuating the Verwoerd policies where blacks will working for whites as labourers and we can't our black monopoly capital so Rupert said educatio— Gift mkhwanazi (@Todis123) December 13, 2018
The president says the recently launched Youth Employment Service campaign is one of the driving forces to upskilling youth.
The term might look like it is temporary but the skills they are going to learn and pathways that will be open to them will lead to them getting jobs. We have already had close to 100 000 young people since the project started about eight weeks ago.— President Cyril Ramaphosa
We have called upon the private sector and we are going to continue calling upon them to create opportunities for young people.— President Cyril Ramaphosa
Watch the full interview below....