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ramaphosa2ANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday that it was the shared responsibility of government, business, labour and civil society to develop pathways for young people into work.  

Addressing a Youth Day event in Soweto, Ramaphosa noted that “as we seek to build a new, inclusive South Africa, we look to the energy and creativity of youth.  Young people are catalysts of social change.”  Saying that the current generation of youth had chosen as its mission the attainment of economic freedom, Ramaphosa went on to point out that youth continued to bear the brunt of unemployment, poverty, and inequality and remained the hardest hit by disease, violent crime, drug abuse, and underdevelopment.  “We understand the frustration of young people who cannot find jobs, who do not have the skills and experience employers are looking for, and are unable to find the support they need to start their own businesses.  Our shared responsibility, as government, business, labour and civil society, is to develop pathways for young people into work.  It is this task to which we should be directing all our efforts and all our energies,” Ramaphosa said.  He also noted that progress was being made in many areas.

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