Youth un­em­ploy­ment a tick­ing time bomb – Sanco

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THE South African Na­tional Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Sanco) yes­ter­day called on young peo­ple to draw in­spi­ra­tion from the 1976 gen­er­a­tion and to “step up to con­trib­ute so­lu­tions to the cur­rent chal­lenges fac­ing South Africa”.

Sanco spokesper­son Jabu Mahlangu said: “Our youth must re­sist the temp­ta­tion to be cap­tured and swayed by crass ma­te­ri­al­ism that will com­pro­mise the his­toric role they have to play to sus­tain our free­dom and ad­vance de­vel­op­ment.”

Mahlangu said that youth un­em­ploy­ment was a tick­ing time bomb that had to be de­fused through vo­ca­tional train­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes. “We can­not af­ford to lose this gen­er­a­tion to hope­less­ness, drugs and gang­ster­ism when op­por­tu­ni­ties that the class of 1976 did not imag­ine pos­si­ble are avail­able,” he em­pha­sised.

He stressed that SMME de­vel­op­ment sup­ported by men­tor­ing pro­grammes would boost job cre­ation and eco­nomic growth, as well as give hope to young peo­ple that were dis­il­lu­sioned.

Mahlangu urged the pri­vate sec­tor to play its part in youth de­vel­op­ment. “So­cial grants are not a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion. The eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion of our youth is crit­i­cal to ad­dress the triple chal­lenges of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity,” he said. – ANA

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