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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