Submission to Parliamentary Labour Portfolio Committee on Youth Unemployment

More than 50% of the unemployed people in South Africa are between the ages of 18 and 35. Since 1994, close to a million matriculants have not entered the job market simply because jobs have not been available. It is no secret that youth constitute the majority of the poor and unemployed. Many young people, in particular young women, are in insecure employment as casual workers. Millions of matriculants are without skills and without access to skills training even though the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) in our country continue to under-spend and fail to meet learnership targets. All these are outcomes of government policy failure and protection of private sector interests to accumulate profits.

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