Job­less­ness is our big­gest prob­lem

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Miye­lani Hlung­wani

SOUTH Africa’s un­em­ploy­ment in the first quar­ter of the year in­creased by 1.2 per­cent­age points to 27.7%, the high­est fig­ure since Septem­ber 2003.

What is the gov­ern­ment, in part­ner­ship with the pri­vate sec­tor, do­ing to erad­i­cate un­em­ploy­ment?

No won­der South African youth are al­ways at the fore­front of xeno­pho­bia and dan­ger­ous crime.

It’s painful to study for al­most seven years, hop­ing to get a job af­ter­wards, then finding your­self un­em­ployed for years. It is like wak­ing up early ev­ery Sun­day to go to church then dying and go­ing to hell. Some­times you might end up ask­ing your­self un­wise ques­tions like “What is the use of go­ing to univer­sity”.

One must bear in mind that un­em­ploy­ment is the co-founder of xeno­pho­bia and crime. Why does un­em­ploy­ment re­main the big­gest prob­lem? How come the rate in­creased while peo­ple are work­ing hard to min­imise it? Cry my beloved coun­try.

The worst part is that our un­em­ploy­ment rate re­mains one of the high­est in the world. This phe­nom­e­non af­fects the youth mostly. What fac­tors are pre­vent­ing the youth from gain­ing em­ploy­ment? A lack of skills and lazi­ness can’t be the main fac­tors, as many think.

The ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment rate is bad for those who are fi­nan­cially op­pressed, but favourable to the mi­nor­ity who are fi­nan­cially sound and po­lit­i­cally con­nected. Mukhomi Vil­lage

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