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SaftuThe Citizen reports that according to the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), young people had little to celebrate on Youth Day on Saturday, considering they still have many of the same problems as the youth in 1976.  

Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said:  “The youth are still left with an economic crisis, high levels of unemployment and poverty, a dysfunctional education system and communities that are terrorised by criminal gangs and drug lords.”  He went on to paint a dire picture of high unemployment for the youth of today, quoting the latest figures from Statistics SA indicating an unemployment rate of 38.2% in the first quarter of this year among young people aged 15 to 34.  This means more than one in every three young people in the labour market is jobless.  “Worse still, the report shows that some of these young people are discouraged with the labour market and they are also not building on their skills base through education and training.  As a result, of the 10.3 million people aged 15 to 24, 32,4% (approximately 3.3 million) were not in employment, education or training and were thus disengaged from the labour market and not playing a part in the economy,” Vavi pointed out.  Saftu has invited all working class formations, civil society organisations, youth and unemployed workers to a Working Class Summit on 21 and 22 July.

  • Read this report by Eric Naki in full at The Citizen
  • Read Saftu’s press statement in this regard at Saftu News


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