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ramaphosaThe Citizen reports that on Tuesday President Cyril Ramaphosa officially launched the Youth Employment Service (YES), an initiative that aims to see more than one million young South Africans being offered paid work experience over the next three years.  

Ramaphosa said 330,000 jobs would be created a year for young people as a way to address youth unemployment in the country.  The initiative takes the form of a partnership – led by Ramaphosa – between government, business, labour and civil society and it has three channels through which employment opportunities can occur.  It will be spread throughout the country and will not be confined to urban areas.  Gauteng Premier David Makhura welcomed the decision to use his province as the testing ground for the initiative.  He said YES would partner with the provincial government’s Tshepo 1 million initiative, which has given opportunities to youth in the province by providing training in areas demanding specific jobs.  The service’s CEO, Tashmia Ismail-Saville, called on small, medium and large companies to offer work experience even if it was for one young person or a thousand of them.  She added that several businesses have made pledges to actively take part in the initiative.

  • Read this report by Makhosandile Zulu in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Youth Employment Service will improve youths prospects of employment, says Ramaphosa, Business Report

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