Not everyone thinks Ramaphosa's Silicon Valley dream is realistic

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.

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....


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