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'With systemic errors in the system, jobless youth cannot become entrepreneurs!'

16 June 2021 6:50 PM
Tags:
Unemployment
The Money Show
Youth Day
Bruce Whitfield
Youth unemployment
SA youth
gwara gwara
Dr Pali Lehohla
new dawn
Indlulamithi SA
Arabile Gumede
Statistician-General
SA Scenarios 2030
false new dawn

Former Statistician-General Dr Pali Lehohla examines what needs to be done to save SA's youth from 'serious injustice'.

While the latest Stats SA figures show South Africa's unemployment rate increased just slightly to 32.6% in the first quarter, it's the jobless youth facing the most dire consequences.

RELATED: Unemployment rate rises to 32.6%

Young people aged 15-24 and 25-34 recorded the highest unemployment rates of 63,3% and 41,3% respectively.

The youth jobless rate read as per the expanded definition is now at a staggering 74.7%.

RELATED: Action needed to shift 'massive number' of SA youth facing lifetime unemployment

On Youth Day, former Statistician-General Dr Pali Lehohla discusses possible remedies on The Money Show.

It's a subject he addresses in an opinion piece published on IOL - Our jobless youth: what is to be done, South Africa?

Statistician-General of South Africa Dr Pali Lehohla releases Poverty Trends in SA: An examination of absolute poverty between 2006 and 2015 report. Image: GCIS.

Dr Lehohla is an Executive Committee Member of Indlulamithi SA Scenarios 2030 which sketches scenarios for a socially cohesive country, asking if this could be achieved by 2030.

Indlulamithi South Africa Scenarios 2030

The Indlulamithi Barometer places South Africa in the Gwara Gwara scenario – a society in a false new dawn.

We have regressed - if you look at #FeesMustFall, it was the same thing as June 16th. So we haven't tackled what needs to be tackled.

Dr Pali Lehohla, Former Statistician-General

If you pay for all of them and give them the assignment to design the future of this country, you will actually get a socially compact nation. That's the only space in South Africa where people - black, white, Indian and coloured - are represented in adequate numbers to make a change.

Dr Pali Lehohla, Former Statistician-General

Dr Lehohla says what has happened to the country's youth is a serious injustice.

They say 'let the youth be entrepreneurial, let the youth work harder...' Surely, if there are systemic errors in the system, the youth cannot achieve that! It's impossible!

Dr Pali Lehohla, Former Statistician-General

They have been tinkering around the margins of this issue of youth unemployment. What is worse, the share of employment of the youth has been eaten up by the elders.

Dr Pali Lehohla, Former Statistician-General

Almost 2 million of the jobs that used to be in favour of youth... now have been transferred to the adult population which is 35 and above...

Dr Pali Lehohla, Former Statistician-General

Listen to Dr Lehohla's thoughts on how South Africa's tertiary education system should work:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'With systemic errors in the system, jobless youth cannot become entrepreneurs!'




16 June 2021 6:50 PM
Tags:
Unemployment
The Money Show
Youth Day
Bruce Whitfield
Youth unemployment
SA youth
gwara gwara
Dr Pali Lehohla
new dawn
Indlulamithi SA
Arabile Gumede
Statistician-General
SA Scenarios 2030
false new dawn

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