In a special message delivered on his behalf at the Accelerating Inclusive Youth Employment conference in Cape Town on Monday, Ramaphosa emphasised the importance of focusing on young people in terms of job creation policies.

“At the recent job summit … a far reaching framework for job creation [was agreed on]. At the centre of this is youth employment,” Ramaphosa said in his message.

“The youth are our greatest asset in striving to build a more inclusive economy. We must deliver on job creation targets and focus our collective efforts to grow jobs for youth.”

He said what is required is to provide young people with the means to succeed in the opportunities that are created for them.

Focus on Skills
In his view, this would require an emphasis on skills development and making more effective use of existing institutions.

“Collaboration is important to ensure that we can bridge the gap between a skill and a job,” said Ramaphosa.

“We need breakthrough solutions. Our focus now needs to be on implementation, implementation, implementation.”

He regards the Accelerating Inclusive Youth Employment conference as an exceptional forum, not only because of its singular focus on inclusive youth employment, but also because of its orientation towards action through practical programmes.

“It is heartening to see leaders from across sectors collaborating to drive solutions,” said Ramaphosa.

“Its work is informed by data and evidence-based research – to design new solutions and achieve results.”

Getting results
He said scalable pragmatic solutions must be implemented to give measurable results in the shortest possible time.

“It is an ambitious but achievable goal, but only possible when business, government and all social partners make it their daily responsibility,” said Ramaphosa.

“We also need to involve young people themselves in developing these solutions.”

He said he was happy that young people will take part in the conference to add their experiences and insights.

“The youth of SA deserve a better deal and we must all work together to achieve this,” he concluded.

Click here to access the full article published on Fin 24 https://www.fin24.com/Economy/we-need-to-give-youth-a-better-deal-in-terms-of-jobs-ramaphosa-20181022

Other Interesting Articles

Harambee in the News

From the desk of the President: SAYouth.mobi enabling the Presidential Employment Stimulus

18 Oct 2021

Since the Department of Basic Education opened applications for the next cohort of school assistants just two weeks ago, over 940,000 young people have applied via the zero-rated recruitment platform called SAYouth.mobi, which forms part of the national Pathway Management Network.


Read More >

 

Harambee in the News

Rooting for change: solving the unemployment crisis

06 Oct 2021

In this episode of the Impact Room, we meet the women leaders charting a new course against unemployment – and delivering results.


Read More >

 

Harambee in the News

When scale is not enough: To tackle youth unemployment in South Africa, we need systems change

30 Sep 2021

No single social enterprise can scale operations enough to address the significant, complex, and severe crisis of unemployment and specifically youth unemployment in South Africa. What is needed is systems change, which recognizes and address the complexity of the challenge to go farther and faster together.


Read More >