The pain of un­em­ploy­ment

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Miye­lani Hlung­wani

SOUTH Africa’s un­em­ploy­ment in the first quar­ter of 2017 in­creased by 1.2 of a per­cent­age point to 27.7%, the high­est fig­ure since Septem­ber 2003. This makes me won­der what the gov­ern­ment, in part­ner­ship with the pri­vate sec­tor, is do­ing to erad­i­cate un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try.

No won­der South African youth are al­ways in the fore­front of xeno­pho­bic at­tacks and var­i­ous dan­ger­ous crimes. There’s noth­ing as painful as to study for al­most seven years at uni­ver­sity with the hope of grab­bing a job after com­ple­tion, then hav­ing to stay at home for more than 10 years, un­em­ployed.

What is hap­pen­ing in our coun­try is like wak­ing up early ev­ery Sun­day to go to church, then ex­pir­ing and go­ing to hell. Some­times you may end up ask­ing your­self what is the use of go­ing to uni­ver­sity.

One must bear in mind that the on­go­ing and un­con­trol­lable un­em­ploy­ment rate is the co-founder of xeno­pho­bia and crime. Why does un­em­ploy­ment re­main the big­gest prob­lem in SA? How come un­em­ploy­ment lev­els have in­creased to 27.7% if there are peo­ple who are busy work­ing hard to min­imise it? Cry my beloved coun­try.

The worst part is that un­em­ploy­ment rates in our coun­try re­main one of the high­est in the world. This phe­nom­e­non af­fects the youth mostly.

The stats are very painful to those who com­pleted their un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees in record time but are still un­em­ployed.

The ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment rate in the coun­try con­tin­ues to pun­ish those who are fi­nan­cially op­pressed, but favour those who are fi­nan­cially se­cure and po­lit­i­cally con­nected. Mukhomi Vil­lage, Lim­popo

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