The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) launched a new report: South Africa’s NEETs crisis: Why we are failing to connect young people to work.

There are more than nine million young people in South Africa who are not in employment, education or training (NEET). They are stuck in a ‘cycle of dependence’, as described recently by the new Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana.

The recent attempted insurrection in the country’s two most populous provinces involved opportunistic looting, which reflected many young people’s rising frustration and desperation. It is increasingly clear that, unless we get most young people into work, we will not be able to emerge from the deep trouble we currently find ourselves in as a country.

CDE’s new report summarises findings from a large research project funded by the Standard Bank Tutuwa Community Foundation. It unpacks who these nine million people are, and focuses on how post-school NEETs must be better connected to an expanding economy. The report concludes with recommendations on specific interventions to help the most disadvantaged NEETs.

Ann Bernstein, CDE’s executive director, and Stefan Schirmer, CDE’s head of research, presented the report’s key findings and recommendations.

This webinar aired on the 28 September 2021

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