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SA’s ticking time bomb: Youth unemployment

More pressures are placed on the country’s ticking time bomb of youth unemployment.

The official unemployment rate is up again. Stats SA data shows that unemployment rose to 27.6% in the first quarter of this year. To put things into perspective, in the January to March quarter of 2018, there were 4.4 million people unemployed. That number grew to 6.2 million in the comparable quarter of 2019.

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The number of discouraged workers – those people who have given up looking for work – has also increased, taking the expanded definition of unemployment to 38%, or some 9.9 million. The country has been in an unemployment crisis for years, and it seems any solutions put on the table so far haven’t worked in any material way. Mamokgethi Molopyane, an independent labour analyst, discusses the latest figures, the ticking time bomb of youth unemployment, and the outlook for the country, with Nompu Siziba.

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The unemployment is the result of a country that has created more people than the jobs it created. Yet the population growth side of the equation is not being addressed, so the problem will remain.

In a normal democracy the ruling party would not have survived the 8th May elections……so it means we are pretty f……! far from normal.

Nothing do do with time or bomb. The continent Africa, in history context, sold of when European required. Going North is alive and kicking.

Had the youth voted in the past election I think the EFF would have won!
5 years to solve this problem before the next election is too little time! When communists rule a country and chase away investors, this is bound to get worse not better! I am afraid that a revolution is coming, history
at least suggests so, if these numbers are true!

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