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newsBusinessLive notes that the Spectator Index has ranked SA’s youth unemployment rate as the highest in the world.  

Of the countries ranked‚ the Spectator Index said the five countries with the highest youth unemployment were SA at 52.8%; followed by Greece (36.8%)‚ Spain (34.9%)‚ Nigeria (33.1%) and Italy (32.5%).  The QLFS released by Statistics SA in July 2018 revealed there were 6.2-million unemployed people between the ages of 15 and 24.  To combat unemployment‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative last year with the aim of giving a million young people “work opportunities” in the next three years.  SA also hosted a jobs summit in October.  SA’s poor foundation-phase education system has repeatedly been linked to the country’s skills shortage.  Education expert Nic Spaull believes a fundamental problem with SA’s education system is that not all students are equipped with the basics in primary school and says that’s where attention should be focused.  Spaull has also raised concerns about the 2018 matric results‚ especially the high drop-out rate of pupils before they reach grade 12.  He observed that these drop-outs were “almost certainly unemployed” and did not on to any form of further education or training

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