Youth Unemployment, Education and Job Creation: A Priority for all South Africans

Statistics show that youth in SA lack the prerequisite skills to fully contribute in the economic growth and development of our country.

It is widely known that basic education in South Africa is in a crisis, with poor standards, high drop off rates and as many as 80% of schools being labelled as ‘dysfunctional’. Worse still, 55% of the million young people entering the job market each year don’t have a matric. This is a dire picture when it comes to finding future employment for them. Youth unemployment is a ticking time bomb. Statistics show that the youth in SA lack the prerequisite skills to fully contribute in the economic growth and development of our country. If this problem is not corrected how do we secure a successful, sustainable future?

Speakers:

Mcebisi Jonas, presidential investment envoy and former deputy finance minister;

Sizwe Nxasana, founder of Future Nation Schools and former CEO of FirstRand Group and Telkom Group;

Stephen Koseff, group CEO of Investec and Co-convener of YES (Youth Employment Scheme); and

Prof Piet Naude, dean of Stellenbosch Business School.

Host:

Thandeka Gqubule, SABC Economics Editor

 

Additional Info:

Registration: 17:45

Starts: 18:00

Ends: 19:30

A light buffet will be served after the event

Want to attend but can't afford to? email nkawus@gibs.co.za for one of the limited free seats available.

Please note that GIBS forums are recorded for City Press and BDTV and for further distribution to the GIBS database.

 


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