Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says that creating job opportunities for the nation's youth is a matter that must be urgently dealt with. This comes in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address, where youth unemployment was highlighted as a crisis.
Pravin Gordhan says that creating job opportunities for the young people in South Africa is a matter of urgency.
Speaking during a post-SONA breakfast hosted by eNCA, Gordhan and Sipho Pityana, Business Unity SA President, dished out both praise and criticism for the address.
Ramaphosa had said that the growth of the economy would have less significant impact if it failed to create large-scale employment:
“The fact that the unemployment rate among young South Africans is more than 50 per cent is a national crisis that demands urgent, innovative and coordinated solutions."
Ramaphosa said that when it comes to youth unemployment, 'we have to run' just to achieve the same outcome, reports eNCA.
Gordhan echoed Ramaphosa's view on this subject, commenting that the issue needs urgent attention:
"We as a society should be very concerned at the high level of youth unemployment. There's a huge determination to use both government facilities but also [the] private sector in order to make sure that the youth have confidence in our system, and that both ... can deliver."
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