- In a speech, Cyril Ramaphosa described high unemployment as a "shame"
- He outlined plans aimed at tackling it, such as increasing the NSFAS budget
- The president also praised youth entrepreneurship
Cyril Ramaphosa has called South Africa high unemployment rate a "shame on our country's conscience".
The president made the comments while speaking at a Youth Day event.
He spoke about the "indignation" of joblessness, especially among the youth.
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The president said he had spoken to several unemployed young people while travelling the country. He said they had shared with him the "despondency" of looking for work only to be unsuccessful.
To combat high unemployment, Ramaphosa said that government aimed to help TVET colleges to supply more young people with skills, according to News24. He also said that the budget for NSFAS will be expanded in order to fund more students' education. The new budget stands at R15 billion, the president said.
Ramaphosa also said that government would be making itself more welcoming to the youth. For example, he said that there would be greater youth representation in Parliament in the coming years.
However, Ramaphosa also said that he had met entrepreneurial young people who had created work for themselves. He urged more citizens to strive to do the same, saying that it would stimulate the economy.
The president's speech struck a hopeful turn despite the challenges of high unemployment. He stressed his belief that "the flame that burnt among the youth of 1976 has not been lost to the history books", Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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