Pondering Panda have released a youth report surveying young people in South Africa, on various dimensions. Of particular interest to me are the views on education, employment and entrepreneurship. Police confidence is also another eye-opening dimension.
“Between June 2013 and January 2014 – 199589 interviews were carried out on mobile phones among younger South Africans between the ages of 13 and 34 (except for the ‘Marriage and Children’ study, for which 15 to 34 year olds were interviewed), using one of Pondering Panda’s respondent bases, the social network Mxit.”
72% of younger South Africans feel that unemployment is a big problem. 53% have been looking for jobs for more than 6 months. 33% feel there are not enough jobs. Of those who are employed 30% feel depressed, sad or bored. 18% of young people feel they do not have the right education, with 12% feeling they do not have the right experience.
Young people feel the biggest problems in education are the following:
1. Don’t have proper facilities
2. Alcohol and drugs
3. Overcrowded classrooms
4. Bullying and peer pressure.
Regarding entrepreneurship, 76% of young people felt, they would rather work for themselves. 66% felt that the government was not doing enough to help entrepreneurs.
With respect to police confidence, 73% felt the South African police force was mostly dishonest and corrupt. Only 45% of young people felt mostly safe at school, classes or work. Only 50% of young people sometimes but not always, felt safe where they live.
You can contact Pondering Panda for a copy of this report.