Key Points:

  • Accelerated economic growth over the past few years has only had a marginal impact on youth unemployment. In order to improve information about and knowledge of youth unemployment
  • CDE, in conjunction with the Centre for Applied African Microeconomic Research at the University of the Witwatersrand, conducted a retrospective survey among young people in three locations: Johannesburg in Gauteng, eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal, and Polokwane in Limpopo.
  • Entitled The South African Young Persons Survey (SAYPS), and conducted between July and November 2006, this ground-breaking study traced the histories of more than 1 000 young people – almost all of them African – between the ages of 20 and 35 from their 15th birthdays onwards.
  • This enabled their education and career paths to be recorded more accurately and over longer periods than in other surveys.
  • As a result, the survey provides policy-makers and others with important new data on unemployment among young people, and how to set about reducing it

Press release: Unemployment rate among young South Africans as high as 88% in Polokwane

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