There are now 9.1 million people between 15 and 34 years of age who are not in employment, education or training.
CDE supports Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana’s call to get most young people into employment rather than keeping them dependent on grants.
South Africa’s skills training system is expensive and inefficient; it fails to provide the skills employers are looking for and is characterised by very high dropout rates.
Government and business must re-examine their priorities, and move away from ad hoc interventions in failing systems and ‘boutique projects’ that make a good photograph but cannot deliver anything that is really transformational.
SA needs to implement a range of structural reforms essential to accelerate economic growth, allow growth to become more labour intensive, and fix the training, skills and education systems.