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ramaphosa2News24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on both private and public sector companies to employ young graduates despite their lack of work experience.  

Speaking at the Youth Day celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday, Ramaphosa said the requirement of work experience had become a barrier for employment among the youth.  He said this requirement should be put aside and that companies should employ young graduates regardless of what experience they possessed.  He commented:  "The challenge for unemployed youth is not only one of skills.  There are many graduates, who have completed university degrees, who are still unemployed.  This is a vast pool of skills and knowledge that is being wasted.  Employers need to understand that for our country to succeed, for their businesses to thrive, they must take responsibility for providing young people with the work experience they need.  They must realise that the only way to get work experience is to get work."  He added that society had invested a great deal in the education of young people, but that the economy was not benefiting from that investment.  Ramaphosa also spoke about the Youth Employment Service, an initiative led by the private sector and supported by government and labour, which was launched earlier this year to bridge the gap between school and work.

  • Read this report by Alex Mitchley in full at News24

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