Cost of job seeking continues to be a barrier for young people - Leila Patel

While several programmes launched by government to enable young people to access job opportunities are working, the cost of job-seeking remains a major barrier for the country's youth says one social development expert.

Director at The Centre For Social Development In Africa, Leila Patel says research shows that the cost for one young person to look for work amounts to R938 a month.

That includes transport costs, additional costs for printing, internet access, data costs and even bribes.

Leila Patel, Director at Centre for Social Development in Africa - University of Johannesburg

What we see is that these young people live in food insecure households, so 50% of them come from chronically poor households. Now when you are spending R 938 a month looking for work and the poverty line is R 531 per person per month, then we see the difficult choices that young people and their families have to make.

Leila Patel, Director at Centre for Social Development in Africa - University of Johannesburg

There is really difficult trade offs that cause a lot of tensions in families and where young people feel that they are a burden to their families.

Leila Patel, Director at Centre for Social Development in Africa - University of Johannesburg

She says support for young people in job seeking like the writing of CVs, developing more effective work-search strategies will also go a long way in addressing the problem of youth unemployment.

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