- Cyril Ramaphosa expressed optimism about the job prospects of South Africa's youth
- He outlined several government plans aimed at assisting them
- The president made the remarks in an address in Polokwane
Cyril Ramaphosa says that South Africa's youth is "far from the lost generation".
He made the comments as part of his address at the Youth Celebration in Polokwane.
The president said his administration was committed to providing young people with opportunities.
Ramaphosa said his government was committed to stimulating economic growth to support young people entering the labour market. He also said that there was still hope for the youth - many of whom are unemployed.
He said that these people had "enormous enormous opportunities and government is helping them to take up these opportunities", according to TimesLive.
In his speech, Ramaphosa stressed that education was key to helping these young people find employment.
As a result, he said that government would be making "science, technology, arts and mathematics" priorities in education, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Additionally, the president said that government was working on several initiatives aimed at equipping young citizens with the skills needed to cope with the current technological changes sweeping the globe.
This includes the introduction of coding and data analytics as school subjects.
All in all, the president's speech was more aspirational than practical. While he made commendable pledges to assist young South Africans, for many, their prospects remain bleak.
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