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Jobtech could help provide work for South Africa’s young people

February 7, 2024

In a recent landscape review of jobtech platforms in South Africa, the Jobtech Alliance discovered that the country leads both in the number of jobtech platforms and the number of users across Africa. As of 2021, an estimated 3.9 million gig workers were active in South Africa, indicating significant potential for jobtech platforms to provide employment opportunities, especially for the youth.


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Sharmi Surianarain discusses the “Right to Work or not to Work” on “Beyond a Declaration – What Rights Can Do” with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

January 29, 2024

In Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the right to work is clearly declared. It encompasses free choice of employment, just and favorable conditions, and protection against unemployment. But do these rights truly manifest in people’s lives? If not, how can we bridge the gap between declaration and reality?


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Cape Town's Tourism Boost: Youth Employment Surges at V&A Waterfront

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Cape Town’s Tourism Boost: Youth Employment Surges at V&A Waterfront

December 7, 2023

In a recent article, Busisiwe Mavuso, CEO of Business Leadership SA, highlights the critical issue of youth unemployment in South Africa and emphasizes the need for collaboration between business and government to address this pressing challenge. Mavuso points out that while businesses face various economic challenges, youth unemployment poses the most significant risk to social stability.


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Empowering South Africa’s Youth: The Key Role of Collaborative Partnerships

November 20, 2023

In a recent article, Busisiwe Mavuso, CEO of Business Leadership SA, highlights the critical issue of youth unemployment in South Africa and emphasizes the need for collaboration between business and government to address this pressing challenge. Mavuso points out that while businesses face various economic challenges, youth unemployment poses the most significant risk to social stability.


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Breaking Barriers

Reversing the NEETs crisis: unlocking the next million opportunities at pace

November 14, 2023

As the QLFS is published this week, we must set it in the context of another recent publication from the national statistical office: the census.


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Empowering South Africa’s Youth: The Key Role of Collaborative Partnerships

November 9, 2023

The automotive repair industry in South Africa has long been a male-dominated field, with limited data on the representation of female artisans. This disparity in gender representation becomes even more concerning given the country’s high youth unemployment rate, particularly in the Eastern Cape, where it surpasses the national average. In response to this challenge, a groundbreaking partnership between Wise Cracks, a local windscreen repair company, and Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator was initiated. Their aim was to empower young women from townships in the Eastern Cape through entrepreneurship and to expand the market for windscreen repair, promoting both cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability.


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Wise Cracks

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Empowering Women in South Africa’s Automotive Repair Industry

November 7, 2023

The automotive repair industry in South Africa has long been a male-dominated field, with limited data on the representation of female artisans. This disparity in gender representation becomes even more concerning given the country’s high youth unemployment rate, particularly in the Eastern Cape, where it surpasses the national average. In response to this challenge, a groundbreaking partnership between Wise Cracks, a local windscreen repair company, and Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator was initiated. Their aim was to empower young women from townships in the Eastern Cape through entrepreneurship and to expand the market for windscreen repair, promoting both cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability.


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The 2023 MB100 are an outstanding group of leaders combining profit and purpose to help achieve the UN Global Goals.

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African Business Leaders Recognized for Tackling Global Challenges

October 17, 2023

“Africa is full of doers with impact who are unfortunately not always recognised for what they do. This year’s MB100 award does just that, it proves that there is valuable work being done across the continent that yields significant social benefit. It has been incredibly gratifying to see so many African doers recognised and rewarded for their impactful work.” – Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, and one of the African representatives on the judging panel.”


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Sustainability against youth unemployment in South Africa

September 5, 2023

South Africa grapples with a daunting challenge – soaring youth unemployment rates that touch over 60 percent among 15 to 34-year-olds. It’s a problem that threatens not just the individuals but the entire nation’s economic well-being. Amid this crisis, one non-profit organization, Harambee, has emerged as a beacon of hope, dedicated to addressing this pressing issue head-on. But they’re not alone in this mission. LGT Venture Philanthropy stands shoulder to shoulder with Harambee, offering more than just financial support. In this article, we’ll explore how Harambee’s innovative strategy, coupled with the commitment of individuals like Nhlanhla Junior Ngulube and Lutho Mbonambi through the LGT Impact Fellowship, is making a profound impact on youth unemployment and sustainability in South Africa.


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SA’s young women are more educated, more tenacious … and more unemployed

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SA’s young women are more educated, more tenacious … and more unemployed

September 5, 2023

The South African job market has seen some interesting dynamics in recent times. While the aftermath of the pandemic initially showed promising signs of improvement in youth employment, it’s evident that female youth employment has hit a plateau, in stark contrast to the growth observed among their male counterparts.


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Celebrating Women’s Month: Insights from Remarkable Women Leaders

August 28, 2023

In honor of Women’s Month in South Africa, we are privileged to highlight the perspectives of exceptional women leaders who have shattered barriers and paved the way for progress in their fields.


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Breaking Barriers

Tipping the scales to equity: Not “jobs for the girls”, but employment systems that work for women

August 21, 2023

The past few months have demonstrated how multiple overlapping crises–post pandemic recovery, load-shedding and limited growth–can devastate labour market prospects for young people.


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Empowering South African Youth while Greening the Last-Mile Delivery Sector: The Green Riders’ Mission Unveiled

August 11, 2023

“Green Riders will transform the face of micro-mobility in South Africa,” says Green Riders executive chairperson Richard Clarke.


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BluLever #WomenOnTools

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Shifting the narrative of women on-site and working every day to overcome myths about women in the trades.

August 10, 2023

“If you break down all the elements that make a plumber, anyone can do that, male or female”, Mandy Keil – CEO of UPP Group (Pty) Ltd


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CELEBRATING KASTHURI SONI: Empowering South Africa’s youth for a bright future

August 7, 2023

In this month’s Woman’s Month issue of ASA (Accounting South Africa) Kasthuri shares how her training as a CA has equipped her to be a problem solver and helped her develop a tireless work ethic.


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Introducing Qwili — a spaza shop in your pocket and an accelerator of youth employment

July 5, 2023

Youth Month in June is when we celebrate the potential and resilience of our young people. This past Youth Month, we continued to beat the drum of inclusion while emphasising that inclusion and growth did not have to be at odds. In fact, all our experience and evidence suggest that inclusion makes business, economic and social sense.


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Youth Day 2023 Media Round Up

July 4, 2023

On 16 June South Africa commemorates the Soweto youth uprising of 1976. Youth Day is a significant event for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, as it brings to the fore the work we do with young people to combat youth unemployment.


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Coachmee: AI-powered guidance and support for unemployed South African youth

July 4, 2023

While debates surrounding technological progress focus predominantly on job losses, at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, we have a different perspective. By combining cutting-edge technologies with the talent and resilience of young people, we’re empowering more young people with insights about themselves to support their job-seeking journey.


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Breaking Barriers

Betting on youth: how investing in inclusion can drive growth and shared prosperity

June 13, 2023

The past few months have demonstrated how multiple overlapping crises–post pandemic recovery, load-shedding and limited growth–can devastate labour market prospects for young people.


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“Scale your solution while changing the system”: are we asking too much of impact-led organisations?

May 18, 2023

Impact-led organisations – and the social impact sector more broadly – are increasingly recognising that scaling a solution does not always result in systems change. Organisations can often scale direct interventions without addressing root causes, and in so doing, fail to disrupt the system as a whole. But systems change and scaling a solution can be concurrent and interlinked, and if impact-led organisations have the right funding, mindsets and support, they can successfully pursue both pathways to make a meaningful dent in societal problems.


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Solutions Insights Lab launches

April 14, 2023

Solutions Insights Lab was created through a partnership between the Skoll Foundation and Solutions Insights, informed by their shared interest in identifying and interrogating what’s working — and what’s not — in the field of social innovation.


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A way out of the skills crisis

April 12, 2023

Pervasive broadband infrastructure will allow more of the country’s youth to engage in the digitally enabled jobs of the future.


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AI and the employment crisis — friend or foe?

March 28, 2023

The way young people navigate the world of work is changing and shifting into the digital realm. This is unquestionably true at the global level, but it’s also happening right here in South Africa.


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Knowledge & Research

Sizing the Opportunity in South Africa’s Care Economy

March 20, 2023

This report estimates the size of the South African care economy through an analysis of the number of existing and potential future job opportunities in the sector. It also outlines the
potential impact of investment into the care economy including economic impact, impact on beneficiaries, and impact on the young people who could access the job opportunities
together with the broader societal impacts.


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Knowledge & Research

Landscape Review of South Africa’s Care Economy

March 20, 2023

This report dive’s into each of the care economy sectors, starting with early childhood development, and then education, healthcare and domestic work. And will
provide an overview of the sector, specify key operators, outline challenges and bottlenecks,
and identify opportunities for targeted investment.


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“Harambee is a testament to what excellence and honesty can achieve,” says Justice Malala

March 13, 2023

Every so often, something good happens to you. You know, the sort of thing that restores your faith in our country and its people. Something that reminds you we are resourceful and dedicated and can overcome great hardship. That thing, that ray of sunshine, came into my life last week…


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Case Studies

Cracking micro-enterprise myths and empowering young women to become entrepreneurs

March 8, 2023

Wise Cracks (based in Gqeberha) partnered with Harambee to test a business model that empowered young people to create their own businesses by providing them with portable windscreen repair kits and soft skills training.


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A new view to building your digital skills pipeline: Take a bet on young people, give them experience

February 20, 2023

In the February 2023 edition of the Digital Council’s CONEXT publication we meet Inge Mnukwa, a 22-year-old from Khayelitsha in Cape Town, who shares her journey from DigiLink candidate to BMW as a data tester.


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Breaking Barriers

Inclusive by Design: Overcoming Digital Barriers to Youth Employment

February 20, 2023

The past few months have demonstrated how multiple overlapping crises–post pandemic recovery, load-shedding and limited growth–can devastate labour market prospects for young people.


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The Presidential Employment Stimulus Report: Building a society that works

February 13, 2023

In October 2022 the Presidential Employment Stimulus reached the million-participant milestone. This report outlines the initiatives that form part of this plan of action, including the contributions of the SA Youth programme.


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Case Studies

Partnering with a small business to help them tap into a huge pool of young talent

February 8, 2023

Lansdowne Boards was looking for a partner to help them reach and employ young people into their business.


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Case Studies

Partnering with provincial government to provide the technology to make their public employment programmes more inclusive

February 8, 2023

The Western Cape government recruits people for thousands of opportunities and needed help reaching and making these available to wider range of unemployed youth.


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Case Studies

Partnering with Clickatell to augment their software testing pipeline.

February 8, 2023

Clickatell, a global leader in chat commerce and messaging aggregation, with headquarters in Silicon Valley, USA, partnered with DigiLink to augment their software testing pipeline.


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Case Studies

Partnering with Capitec to build an entry level skills pipeline into their software testing centre.

February 8, 2023

The Capitec Digital Solutions Team partnered with DigiLink to build an entry level skills pipeline into their software testing centre.


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Case Studies

Partnering with Lumotech and ECAIF to help create a high-quality talent pool of operators.

February 8, 2023

Lumotech needed a partner to help them access talented, work-ready automotive machine operators, to ensure that they could fill their vacancies quickly with reliable, trained staff.


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Case Studies

Partnering with Isuzu to help them create a high-quality talent pool

February 7, 2023

Isuzu Motors South Africa was looking to create a talent pipeline to enhance their Youth Employment Service (YES) programme.


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Societal Thinking: Pathway to exponential change

January 30, 2023

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator featured as case study on societal thinking for Societal Platform Udemy course.


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Increasing Qualifications To Increase Inclusivity

January 11, 2023

How experience is being converted to qualification for South African plumbers


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Harambee mentioned in Melinda French Gates’s $15bn vision

December 8, 2022

The Financial Time’s interviews the philanthropist who has already helped distribute more than $65.6bn. Now she wants to pool resources with the world’s wealthiest to make systems change at massive scale.


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Empty pockets filled with sunshine is why we need to meet youth optimism with opportunity

December 6, 2022

Based on our recently-released Breaking Barriers report, Sharmi Surianarain, our chief impact offer writes in Daily Maverick about the optimism our youth face.


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers Q4 2022

November 29, 2022

This November, we investigate youth optimism and resilience and how it is fuelling earning even where jobs are scarce.


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Youth Leadership in South Africa

November 28, 2022

Zengeziwe Msimang, our chief communications officer was part a multi stake-holder discussion ENCA’s We The Nation.


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What new approaches are needed for our emerging economy?

November 28, 2022

Kasthuri Soni chats to John Mayhem on Cape Talk what needs to be done by the public and private sectors to create an environment in which South Africa’s youth can find, and keep, work.


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The Economy and Business Environment – without a silver bullet, we need collective action on the youth unemployment crisis

November 28, 2022

The unemployment crisis demands a social compact across all stakeholders and institutions – to shift the levers that can accelerate youth economic inclusion, at scale.


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‘Time to throw the rules away’ — SA must modernise business models, infrastructure to revive economy

November 24, 2022

Throw out the script and start fresh was the consensus from the Daily Maverick panel discussing challenges around the business environment and the economy at publication’s The Gathering.


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Plumber training in South Africa is not just changing lives but changing an industry too

November 3, 2022

Women currently make up only 3% of the South African plumbing sector but the women themselves are leading the change in this male-dominated space.


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Leading change for women

November 3, 2022

Our Chief Impact Officer, Sharmi Surianarain is recognised as a leader who is empowering women by the Sunday Times’ Celebrating Women magazine.


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LGT Venture Philanthropy provides follow-on investment to Harambee, tackling youth unemployment in South Africa

September 14, 2022

With the three-year investment, LGT VP will support Harambee’s new role as South Africa’s National Pathway Manager.


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Employing more women and paying them equitably will build better businesses and a more just society

August 29, 2022

Despite having more educational qualifications than men, South African women remain less employed and economically active, on average.


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Harambee: SA Youth – Building pathways to opportunity

August 24, 2022

Societal Platform unpacks Harambee’s evolution and their hand in the SA Youth partnership and explores Harambee’s intention for the next 5 years; to impact 3 million youth by creating a network of transformed work-seekers, and by enabling over 1 million pathways for them.


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Youth employment programme is changing lives

August 24, 2022

As we build on the successes of youth employment programmes and bring opportunities to more young South Africans, the President calls on all of society – whether as businesses, community-based organisations or places of learning – to be part of building a new future for our young people


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CNBC Africa Interview | Reflecting on the unemployment rate in the second quarter of 2022

August 24, 2022

South Africa’s unemployment rate came in at 33.9 per cent in the second quarter from 34.5 per cent in the three months to March. Zengeziwe Msimang, Harambee’s Chief Communications Officer joins CNBC Africa for more.


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NewzRoom Afrika Interview | Young people remain vulnerable to unemployment

August 24, 2022

Looking at the continued reactions to the latest quarterly labour survey, Stats SA has recorded a second consecutive quarter of decline in South Africa unemployment rate. NewzRoom Afrika interviews Zengeziwe Msimang, Chief Engagement Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator.


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Employ more women, pay them fairly, and build the economy

August 12, 2022

On average, South African women have more educational qualifications but still remain less employed and
economically active than men. In fact, young women are 6-8% less likely to be working than men.

This reality proves Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator’s decade-long hypothesis that more schooling
and qualifications alone do not translate into economic opportunity, particularly for those most excluded
from the labour market.


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South Africa must bridge the gap on labour force gender disparity

August 11, 2022

The personal and social costs of the employment crisis are not gender neutral. Women experience disproportionately worse outcomes than men at every stage. While we celebrate Women’s Month, Harambee continues to shine a spotlight on the gendered dimension of youth employment in South Africa and the specific actions we can take to address this.


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How to bring young people into the South African economy

August 3, 2022

Launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting by The Prince’s Trust group of charities, the research shows a stark ‘Upskill Struggle’ for many young people who are at the very beginning of their careers.


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Breaking Barriers August 2022

August 3, 2022

This August, while we celebrate Women’s Month, Harambee continues to shine a spotlight on the gendered dimension of youth employment in South Africa, and the specific actions we can take to address this.


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Knowledge & Research

South Africa’s country investment strategy and sector prioritisation: what you should know?

July 13, 2022

The South African government recently released the first, draft Country Investment Strategy which seeks to attract and facilitate direct and foreign investment in order to drive economic growth, increase employment, and reduce poverty and inequality.


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GOYN calls for skills partnerships to overcome youth unemployment of nearly 64%

July 7, 2022

This Youth Month marked 46 years since the Soweto student uprising of June 16, 1976, where students protested against the forced imposition by the Apartheid government of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at local schools. As we think about that generation of brave young activists, we also have to contend with the new struggle faced by the current generation of young people – the battle against unemployment! A struggle exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic of the last two years.


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New Prince’s Trust group report on the future of work and the ‘upskill struggle’

July 4, 2022

Launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting by The Prince’s Trust group of charities, the research shows a stark ‘Upskill Struggle’ for many young people who are at the very beginning of their careers.


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Equip the youth to turn side hustles into full-time work

June 24, 2022

Resilience alone in the face of crisis is not what will get us through. It needs to be coupled with intentional investment and support to address the reality of our country’s youth unemployment crisis.


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Conext 2022 in conversation with sector leader, Kasthuri Soni

June 24, 2022

Conext, the official publication of the Digital Council Africa, interviews Harambee’s Chief Executive Officer, Kasthuri Soni for the June 2022 edition of “In conversation with sector leadership”. Soni shares her advice and learnings on what energises her at work and how to empower others.


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Resilience and the clues it gives us for sustained, inclusive economic recovery

June 24, 2022

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey results suggest that the number of employed young people has increased for two consecutive quarters. While these numbers are the highest they have been in the past two years, this slight bounce-back is cause for very cautious optimism. Employment remains considerably lower than pre-lockdown.


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Youth Day 2022 Media Round Up

June 21, 2022

On 16 June South Africa commemorates the Soweto youth uprising of 1976. Youth Day is a significant event for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, as it brings to the fore the work we do with young people to combat youth unemployment.


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Youth Day 2022 Celebrations I President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech

June 20, 2022

On 16 Jun 2022, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered an update on Presidential initiatives aimed at stimulating youth employment in South Africa. He was delivering the youth day message at a local stadium in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. The Youth Day Commemoration is this year celebrated under the theme “Promoting sustainable livelihood and resilience of young people for a better tomorrow.”


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Workplace exposure gives aspiring plumbers a taste of what’s to come

June 20, 2022

Together with BluLever, Harambee’s education partner on the Skills for Prosperity (S4P) programme, aspiring plumbers are being exposed to the workplace before they embark on a lengthy and intensive training process, to check if a career in plumbing is the right fit for them.


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Newzroom Afrika Harambee report details how to combat the unemployment faced by the youth

June 16, 2022

While the youth of 1976 fought for education, the youth of 2022 is fighting to be employed. It’s hard to celebrate this day without looking at the challenges that are currently facing young people. The latest Breaking Barriers report by Harambee, details how to combat this huge crisis facing our youth.


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The sector that bucked the youth unemployment trend during Covid-19

June 15, 2022

One key sector didn’t only buck the trend of job losses during the pandemic – it actually created jobs, primarily for young people. Kasthuri Soni, CEO Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and Reshni Singh, CEO BPESA, explain how.


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Plumbing 101 Interview – Opportunities within the Plumbing Environment

June 14, 2022

Resilience is a word often misused and overly celebrated. The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent overlapping crises have meant many of our society’s most vulnerable have been forced to endure too much over the past few years.


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SA’s youth do it for themselves

June 14, 2022

Resilience is a word often misused and overly celebrated. The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent overlapping crises have meant many of our society’s most vulnerable have been forced to endure too much over the past few years.


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Resilience is a map, and it offers clues on how to rebuild our economy

June 8, 2022

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey results suggest that the number of employed young people has increased for two consecutive quarters. While these numbers are the highest they have been in the past two years, this slight bounce-back is cause for very cautious optimism. Employment remains considerably lower than pre-lockdown.


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers June 2022

June 3, 2022

In this youth month issue of Breaking Barriers, we outline three aspects of resilience – resilient incomes, resilient sectors, and enablers of resilience – that could serve as clues to help us bounce back out of these multiple, overlapping crises.


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SABC News The Watchdog talks to Harambee about Stats SA’s latest unemployment figures

June 2, 2022

The Watchdog interviews Waseem Carrim, CEO of the National Youth Development Agency, Zengeziwe Msimang, Chief Engagement Officer of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, and Ravi Naidoo, CEO of YES4Youth, on how to address and tackle the high unemployment rate among the youth in South Africa.


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The top 4 programmes unlocking youth potential

May 18, 2022

South Africa has a record high unemployment rate for job seekers between the ages of 15 to 24. On a positive note, this month’s edition of Public Sector Leaders, takes a look at public-private partnerships that assist in creating job opportunities in South Africa, especially for the youth.


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Harambee podcast interview with Sherrie Donaldson

May 10, 2022

Man in the Van has a conversation with Sherrie Donaldson of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, to find out more about this organisation and the important role that it plays in not only preparing youth for the workplace, but also assisting both job seekers and employers to connect with each other.


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How a Leadership Base Camp builds young artisans’ soft skills to help them succeed at work

April 26, 2022

Many young South Africans lack the essential “soft” skills to succeed in the workplace, despite having the appropriate training and eagerness to work. But a Leadership Base Camp designed and developed by Harambee education partner, BluLever Education is changing all that.


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Skoll World Forum: Reimagining an Economic System that Works for Workers

April 12, 2022

This year’s Skoll World Forum took place as an all-virtual event from April 6–8, 2022. Harambee’s Sharmi Surianarain participated in the session on reimagining economic systems that work for workers.


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Power FM interview: “Rising unemployment, how can we solve this?”

March 31, 2022

Sifiso Buthelezi from Power FM is joined by Zengeziwe Msimang, Chief Engagement Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator to discuss the issue of rising youth unemployment.


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How to unlock youth job opportunities in SA’s rapidly shifting economy

March 31, 2022

The South African economy is shifting rapidly. Despite jobless growth, there are specific opportunities that can be unlocked for millions of young people, through targeted interventions, sector coordination and the recalibration of existing tools.


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Newzroom Afrika interviews Harambee on the release of the Stats SA QLFS for Q4 2021

March 29, 2022

Kopano Gumbi from Newzroom Africa speaks to Zengeziwe Msimang, Chief Engagement Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator to discuss solutions for youth unemployment.


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Carte Blanche investigates school dropout rates and the resulting unemployed and possibly, “unemployable” youth

March 28, 2022

Carte Blanche interviews Zengeziwe Msimang, Chief Engagement Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and Merle Mansfield, Director at Zero Dropout Campaign to discuss school drop out rates and rising youth unemployment.


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Africa: ‘In the search for work, barriers for young women are higher & harder to overcome’

March 9, 2022

Harambee’s Chief Impact Officer, Sharmi Surianarain, talks to The Africa Report on International Women’s Day about how the personal and social costs of unemployment are not gender-neutral.


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SAfm Jet Set Breakfast interview with Harambee’s Sharmi Surianarain

March 8, 2022

Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is interviewed on the Jet Set Breakfast discussing Harambee’s latest Breaking Barriers report and reflecting on youth unemployment in South Africa.


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Matching South Africa’s youth and women to life-changing opportunities

March 7, 2022

This International Women’s Day, Skills For Prosperity features how SA Youth is promoting youth employment in South Africa while also helping to dispel gender stereotypes, by helping young women pathway into work from which they have been typically excluded.


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Designing African solutions to global youth unemployment

March 7, 2022

Harambee’s Chief Impact Officer, Sharmi Surianarain, is featured in the International Women’s Day Voices of Africa podcast, discussing how systems are shifting, and while the future of work is here, we have a very outdated approach to both education and employment, and why it’s important to take a holistic view in order to break barriers for young people.


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Knowledge & Research

Escalators and elevators: Understanding the skills and tasks that support occupational transitions for young people

March 4, 2022

This research report provides useful insights about the South African labour market, the role for pathway managers such as Harambee and the need for improved data to better support the occupational analysis, transitions and earnings. 


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How South Africa can close the digital skills gap

March 2, 2022

SiMoDiSA TechXit’s chairman, Pieter de Villliers, joins SABC News to chat about the barriers and opportunities that exist in the digital and ICT sector, and how they are working with Harambee and DigiLink to address the skills gap and support inclusive hiring in the sector.


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers February 2022

February 22, 2022

In this issue of Breaking Barriers, we shift our focus from what the data tells us about who is unemployed, to where demand for work is unmet and growing and how to unlock it.


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Harambee in the News

Advice from a former job-seeker for unemployed young people

February 4, 2022

You wake up in the morning and check your emails. The first one reads: “We regret to inform you that your application was unsuccessful.” It’s a refrain South Africans know all too well.


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Harambee in the News

Harambee awarded systems change grant in partnership with Co Impact

February 1, 2022

We are delighted to share that upon being selected for the Co Impact Systems Change Grant, we are continuing our partnership with Co Impact to improve the work- and education-seeking of >75% of the 4 million youth in South Africa who leave school over the next 5 years.


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Harambee in the News

The World of work: First time entries in the job market

January 12, 2022

With matric results coming out later this month, Harambee’s Chief Engagement Officer, Zengeziwe Msimang spoke to Radio702’s Clement Manyathela about tips, tricks and high-quality advice for young people starting, or continuing their journey into work, regardless of their education status.


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Harambee in the News

CID Speaker Series Podcast featuring Sharmi Surianarain

January 12, 2022

Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator continues her conversation with with CID Student Ambassador, Jamar Williams, after an appearance at the virtual CID Speaker Series event.


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Harambee in the News

4 lessons in transforming systems from the world’s best social impact organisations

December 17, 2021

These nonprofit institutions are “system shapers,” embedding innovation inside governments and sectors.


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Harambee in the News

Inclusive Employment for South African Youth: Lessons from Harambee

December 6, 2021

In this CID Harvard Speaker Series session, Harambee and its key research partners share lessons from 10 years of impact and partnership with government, business, and civil society to achieve practical and scalable impact.


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Harambee in the News

Public employment: greening South Africa’s jobs deserts

December 1, 2021

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Statistics reminds us just how bad youth unemployment is — and why investments such as the Basic Education Employment Intervention (BEEI) are so valuable for their capacity to create youth employment at speed and scale, enabling over half a million pathways for youth across South Africa.


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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers November 2021

November 24, 2021

In this edition of Breaking Barriers we focus on if and how public employment programmes perform at scale; in particular, whether efficiency at scale comes at the cost of inclusion and long-term dividends.


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Harambee in the News

DigiLink’s skills programme adds more youth to tech economy

November 24, 2021

The first cohort of digitally-skilled youth have graduated as part of the digital training and mentoring programme introduced by Cape Town-based incubator DigiLink.


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Harambee in the News

Evaluating and scaling job search tools with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

November 24, 2021

Read more about the partnership between J-PAL and Harambee has developed into a collaborative effort to scale up various labor market interventions in South Africa.


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Harambee in the News

Societal Chats with Sharmi Surianarain

November 22, 2021

Sharmi Surianarain, CIO at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, reflects on the journey to becoming a national platform, underlining systems change thinking and building for scale in a recent edition of Societal Chats.


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Harambee in the News

The Kids Don’t Want to Work – or do they?

November 18, 2021

Ellen Morta, our Regional Lead for Western Cape spoke to Cape Talk’s Lester Kiewit to dispel the myth and discuss in detail the soft and hard roadblocks that young people face when trying to secure steady work.


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