Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu. Picture: GCIS

The Department of Social Development will host Provincial Youth Camp in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal Province.

The camp is held in partnership with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), and forms part of government’s initiative of building a resilient youth cohort who can be able to independently extricate themselves out of poverty through various opportunities.

It will further serve as a tool to bring back hope for the hopeless youth, thus addressing the problem of youth unemployment in South Africa which is central to the achievement of the 2030 National Development Plan (NDP) target of 6 percent unemployment.

The youth will during the camp learn amongst other things how to unite and form cooperatives, youth clubs as well as drafting of business plans so that in return they can be able to contribute towards a prosperous South Africa. By the end of the camp the youth would be equipped with relevant skills and knowledge to become agents of change in their respective communities.

The MEC of Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Weziwe Thusi, will officially open the provincial youth camp.

According to Stats South Africa’s mid-year population report (2018), South Africa is a youthful population. Young people between the ages of 15-34 years old make up 20.6 million people, which constitutes 35.7% of the total South African population.

Despite their numerical majority, young people of employable age remain unemployed and are vulnerable to chronic diseases such as HIV and Aids pandemic and the scourge of alcohol and substance abuse. Youth unemployment, however, is not unique to South Africa; it is a global headache as employment in the formal sector employment continues to decline at an alarming rate.

Data from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) reveals that approximately 600 million people in the African continent are youth between 15-35 years and most of them are unemployed. Despite the annual increase in the education enrollment at both basic and tertiary levels; millions of young people face long-term unemployment.

Source iAfrica

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