President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to cut youth unemployment.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government is presently starting with the implementation of the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention, which sets out 5 priority actions for the following 5 years. The President said that the office aims to improve levels of alignment and focus across government and start to tackle youth unemployment at a scale. 

The five priority actions are :

  1. To build a National Pathway Management Network for young work-seekers to view and access learning and work opportunities, to receive a basic package of support and work readiness training, and to be matched to employment and other economic opportunities.
  2. To secure that young people have the skills they need to access opportunities in key growth areas such as global business services, digital and technology, tourism, agriculture, and social services.
  3. Skills development system must be more responsive to need in the short term as well as the long-term.
  4. Look For new and innovative ways to help youth entrepreneurship and self-employment.
  5. Focusing on both the enablers that must be in place to support young entrepreneurs, such as connectivity and affordable data, and the opportunity areas that are ready for innovation, such as the food economy, green economy, and the waste economy.

The President said that these five actions represent an ambitious and unprecedented new plan for youth employment, working both to create more opportunities for young people, and to unlock the strength and potential that young people have to offer.

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