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statssaNews24Wire reports that South Africa won’t realise its demographic benefit if the job prospects for younger working-age people don’t improve, statistician general Pali Lehohla said on Thursday.  

A demographic dividend occurs when a country is entering a period in which the working age population has a low proportion of young dependents and enjoys good health, quality education and decent employment.  The legacy of apartheid, Lehohla said, gave rise to the fact that the life circumstances of the first demographic dividend have not reached its full potential, due to high levels of unemployment and low-income levels of the majority of South Africans.  “South Africa needs to urgently invest in the second demographic dividend so that this grouping can achieve the outcomes their parents haven’t experienced,” he stated.

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