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President Ramaphosa to launch initiative to tackle youth unemployment G Tseke

The ANC is concern about the rise in youth unemployment and its devastating impact on young people. We therefore welcome President Cyril Ramaphosa's move to launch the Youth Employment Service (YES), at Riversands Incubation Hub in Diepsloot, on 27 March 2018. The YES initiative, is the collaboration between the Government and the private sector, which is aimed at empowering and up-skilling one million young people over the next three years through year-long paid internships in companies. The ANC has recognized that despite the progress its Government have made in expanding access to education, millions of young people still do not have the skills that the economy needs. Even those with skills lack the work experience and readiness that most employers look for.

Hence in its Nasrec conference, the ANC agreed to prioritise effective public employment programmes, internships, job placement, youth entrepreneurship and set-aside programmes specifically for youth development and employment. The ANC commends its Government under the stewardship of President Ramaphosa for giving effect to his inauguration promise to put the problem of youth unemployment centre stage, as well as opening the doors of opportunity for young South African.

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