South Africa's graduates feeling the brunt of unemployment woes

South Africa's graduates feeling the brunt of unemployment woes

Tertiary education is a luxury many in South Africa can't afford. For those lucky enough to make it through the financial challenges to obtain qualifications, unemployment remains an inescapable reality.

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With unemployment currently sitting at a 29% high in South Africa, the heaviest burden lies on the nation's graduates.

The newest Quarterly Labour Force Survey notes that the youth are currently accounting for 63.4% of the country's unemployed, reports The Sowetan. recently reported that the figure had increased by 1.4%, seeing the number of jobless citizens hit the highest figure in the past decade.

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In essence, this means that 4 in every 10 youths are currently sitting without work. Nokwanda Nkosi graduated three months ago with a diploma in language practice.

Nkosi had dreamt of buying a home for her family, but says that she instead has become a burden on them:

"Instead, I have become a burden to them as my unemployed mother still has to send money for groceries. There are times when I can't even afford to pay my rent. Even though my mother has been unemployed, we never went to bed on an empty stomach. It pains me when I still have to ask her for money to buy toiletries and groceries."

The young graduate joins millions who have sent out countless CVs, to no avail. Some hope might be found in the finding that the unemployment rate among graduates is lower than those without qualifications.

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