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nxesiNews24 reports that according to Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, young unemployed South Africans had "it tough" even before even before the Covid-19 pandemic, but with the full effect of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions now being felt, they find themselves in a situation that's deteriorating more and more with each lockdown announcement.

In response to a parliamentary question, Nxesi said the government's interventions should address youth unemployment by ensuring responsiveness with long-lasting impact. "At the onset of the pandemic, their education and training got disrupted. Those who were looking for jobs could no longer do so, and were further locked out of the economy, whilst youth-owned businesses suffered loss of income and employment which threatened young people's livelihoods," Nxesi pointed out. Last year, 1.4 million jobs were lost as restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 weighed on output. It forced some businesses to cut wages, reduce staff or permanently shut down. Nxesi said the Covid-19 pandemic forced his department "to be on its toes in leading adjustment discussions in the labour market". He went on to explain: "Concepts such as working from home is but one of the components relating to necessary and demanded discussions that ought to be concluded at some point. They added to the discussions that we have been having on the fourth industrial revolution. Technology has been progressing. It is now advancing rapidly. The advantage is [that] young people are well versed with the technology, they are connected with that space. They are therefore willing participants. The government is banking on this positive aspect, and one is sure that that is a global phenomenon."

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jason Felix at News24

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