COVID-19 is likely to increase youth unemployment in South Africa, this is how business can mitigate the damage.
Million jobs in South Africa will be threatened by the COVID-19 crisis. With youth unemployment twice that of adults, the potential for social unrest is real. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be an even greater demand for job security in South Africa; and there will be a need to further develop inclusive business models that facilitate young people’s transition to the formal economy, which in turn will reduce the risk of instability. In all cases, these interventions should be undertaken in ways that acknowledge the primacy of local actors, are sensitive to the complex context, and help build trust and confidence. While the primary responsibility for development must rest with governments, and other stake holders aiding government implementations to take place to cub unemployment among the youth.
As Yeisa organisation is trying to bridge a gap between the unemployed youth, Government and private sectors to make sure that youth are the first people to look into since they are the pillars of the nation.
Government and opportunities for youth
Government sees the youth as the future leaders of our country. This page focuses on opportunities that Government provides for the youth.
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe signed 12 August 2015 the National Youth Policy 2020 (NYP2020). The NYP 2020 is a set of goals and commitments by government in advancing youth development. It was extensively consulted before being adopted by the executive cabinet.
Bursaries, internships and learnerships
Are you young, energetic, intelligent, physically and mentally fit individuals, dedicated to serving their country by pursuing a career in policing? The South African Police Service from time to time looks for applications from all races and gender to enlist as a police trainee. For the requirements, application form and an exercise guide, see https://www.saps.gov.za/careers/careers.php
- Higher Education and Training: List of bursaries(link is external)
- Funza Lushaka Bursary scheme
- Learnerships and internships(link is external)
- More internships(link is external)
- SA learnerships(link is external)
- If you cannot get a bursary or need additional funding, find out how to raise cash for studies.
- Further Education and Training (FET): A Guide To Opportunities for Further Learning [PDF]
- Further Education and Training (FET) colleges
- Career Development Services(link is external)
- National Youth Development Agency programmes
- Western Cape opportunities
- Youth Services Guide [PDF]
- Guide to getting started in film and TV(link is external) [PDF] – Gauteng Film Commission
- KwaZulu-Natal unemployed graduates website
- National Artisan Development Support Centre (NADSC) (call 011 736 4400 or email qualifications to email@example.com(link sends e-mail))
- Vuk’uzenzele regularly posts information on opportunities on their Facebook page(link is external).
- Volunteer opportunities at My Hands and Heart(link is external)
Government has established a range of support programmes and strategies to empower youth in the various sectors such as:
- Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile reported in his budget vote speech for 2012/13 that
- As part of the Mzansi Golden Economy Strategy, a number of high impact programmes targeting youth and women in the arts have been identified. These include:
- the Indoni, My Heritage My Pride(link is external) programme which aims to provide young people with life skills training, education and encouragement. They offer training for young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years throughout South Africa during public school holidays.
- the Trendsetter Initiative through which the department encourages youth to participate in the arts and thus contribute to the development of their communities
- the Public Art programme, skilling young people and employing them to beautify their communities using their artistic abilities
- the Emerging Creatives(link is external) programmes, providing an opportunity for 40 young designers to showcase their designs along side established designers at the Design Indaba in Cape Town.
- Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) initiatives that sees young people involved in the refurbishment, rehabilitation, and maintenance of community infrastructure across the country.
- Learnerships and internships focussed on raising the skills capacity of young people through Sector Education and Training Authorities.
- National Rural Youth Service Corps programme aims to enhance skills development by providing unemployed youth in the rural areas with opportunities to work in their communities and to be trained to provide the necessary services for local socio-economic development.
- Provincial programmes:
The Department of Higher Education and Training is operating the Central Application Clearing House or CACH. The CACH service is for learners who qualify for higher education studies but have not been accepted at an institution of their choice at the time the matric results were released.
It is also for those learners who did not apply before the closing dates last year and now find that they are eligible for higher education studies.
Learners looking for spaces in the university education system can contact the call centre on 0860 356 635 or send an SMS with their name and ID number to 49200 and be telephoned back free of charge. They can also access the system via the website https://cach.dhet.gov.za/Applicant/UsingCACH. The CACH service will verify the learner’s information and forward it to institutions that still have unfilled places. Where places exist and applicants meet the requirements, institutions will contact students to offer them available places.
National Youth Development Agency
The National Youth Development Agency is a government agency whose role is to initiate, facilitate, implement, coordinate and monitor youth development interventions aimed at reducing youth unemployment and promoting social cohesion. The NYDA focusses on:
- tailor-made interventions for job preparedness and placement
- scholarship provision for those who excel in schools
- the scaling up of the YouthBuild Programme for out-of-school youth
- the increase of second chance opportunities for matriculants
- the intensification of our highly successful career guidance programme.
Call Centre 0800 52 52 52
Government has a number of services that benefit the youth.
It is essential to have an identity document when you want to register for writing the matric exams or getting a drivers licence.
You can register on the national voter’s roll when you are 16, but may only vote once you have turned 18.
You can get a drivers’ licence at eighteen.
Tertiary education is becoming more important. Government supports students who cannot afford the fees.
- Register with a tertiary institution
- Apply for financial assistance from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)
- The Funza Lushaka Bursary scheme
Career Development Services
The Department of Higher Education and Training runs a Career Development Services Centre(link is external) to assist learners with career advice.
SMS or “Please Call Me”: 072 204 5056
Telephone: 086 999 0123
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/careerhelp(link is external)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rsacareerhelp(link is external)
Website: www.careerhelp.org.za(link is external)
National Career Advice Portal: http://ncap.careerhelp.org.za(link is external)
Walk-in Centre: 123 Francis Baard Street, Pretoria
Once you have completed your education, you need to start looking for a job.
- Find a job
- Information on employment opportunities/vacancies in government
- Application forms for a position in government
- Find information on other employment opportunities
- Apply for a work permit/visa for South Africa
- Job interviews
- Write a winning CV
- Employment news
- Start your own business
With a job comes the responsibility to pay tax.
Travel outside SA
Some young people prefer to travel before pursuing further education.
- Apply for a passport or travel document
- Advice for South African nationals travelling abroad
- Registration of South Africans abroad
- Gap year information
- National Youth Policy 2020 (NYP2020), June 2015
- New Growth Path: Accord 1 – National Skills Accord, July 2011 [PDF]
- New Growth Path: Accord 2 – Basic Education and Partnerships with Schools, July 2011 [PDF]
- New Growth Path: Accord 6 – Youth Employment Accord [PDF]
Government youth websites
- National Youth Development Agency
- KwaZulu-Natal Unemployed Graduates
- Department of Public Enterprises youth programmes
- International Youth Foundation(link is external)
- United Nations(link is external) Youth(link is external)
- International Labour Organisation: Youth employment(link is external)