South Africa – Youth unemployment running as high as 50%

Job Market Monitor

South Africa may be the largest and most developed economy on the African continent, but the unemployment rate for younger people has been running as high as 50%, prompting a nationwide debate about schemes where companies get paid for taking on young workers.

The extent of youth joblessness, and its associated poverty, is acknowledged to be a major contributor to South Africa’s high crime rate. And in some urban centres it is fuelling drug-related gang culture.

‘Couldn’t get skills’

Chad Harding, from Cape Town, left school with good exam results and high hopes. But, like many young South Africans, he struggled to find a job.

“I was just stuck at home waiting, waiting for something to come up,” he said.

“I was frustrated, I had no money and even though I was giving in my CV to everyone, no-one called back.

“It’s very hard to find work when you are…

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