Makeshift shops have mushroomed as people try to make ends meet amid South Africa’s excessive unemployment.
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Many unemployed young people are engaged in a variety of economic activities. These may not necessarily be recognised as a form of self employment or informal employment.
A worker cut fabric panels from a material stack at a textile factory in Cape Town. Young South Africans aren’t being given the skills they need.
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The pandemic has heightened existing weaknesses in South Africa’s skills training regime.
Students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Joblessness has hit even those with degrees.
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Promoting entrepreneurship will help reduce unemployment in South Africa. But the government has to step up its game.
A young African farmer.
Africa is far from having an ageing farming population. What is missing is a critical mass of skilled, young farmers with access to finance who could drive productivity in farming.
Artist Johannes Phokela’s ceramic memorial wall.
The persistence of Sam Nzima’s June 16 photograph is remarkable. The shadow in the photograph can be read as a metaphor for the rich debate that this image continues to bring to the surface.
Children marching on the
anniversary of the Soweto uprising.
It’s time South Africa stopped stereotyping its young people as being disinterested and morally bankrupt and started engaging them.
Young people understand the value of education but find fees prohibitively high in a context of widespread unemployment and low incomes.
The huge problem of youth unemployment in South Africa appears to be getting worse. New research will hopefully amplify their voices and inform more realistic interventions to combat the monster.
Soweto schoolchildren protest against Afrikaans in 1976.
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Forty years after the students uprisings of 1976, South Africa is again in the midst of a political movement led by students.They have changed the tenor and shape of political discussion around education.
A protester smokes marijuana during a march calling for the legalisation of cannabis in Cape Town.
Despite protests in South Africa being largely peaceful, municipalities are placing unreasonable restrictions on the right to protest, which sometimes amounts to a veto of that right.
A recent protest by South African schoolchildren which had to be quelled by an under-resourced police force.
It is exactly forty years since the Soweto uprising in June 1976 where the South African police met the students with brutal force. How much has changed in terms of policing?