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#Budget2024: Why South Africa can’t afford to stop the presidential employment stimulus

21 February 2024

Eight in 10 young unemployed people have never had a job before. The Social Employment Fund is not perfect but it’s the best tool we have right now to ensure that young people gain their first work experience, alleviate poverty in communities and boost national spending. The programme needs government’s budgetary commitment in the medium term, write Juanita Pardesi and Kristal Duncan-Williams.

Youth unemployment is a key election issue

8 February 2024

Youth Capital is advocating for youth employment plans to be prioritised ahead of the 2024 national elections.

Jobs are not created with young people in mind

28 November 2023

Young people are the most vulnerable but no jobs are created with them in mind. Youth Capital speaks to Stephen Grootes about the youth unemployment crisis.


10 March 2023

Following the release of the latest unemployment stats, Youth Capital spoke to Lester Kiewit about the urgency of the crisis.


24 February 2023

Following the State of the Nation Address, Youth Capital spoke to Cape Talk to comment on the lack of youth focus of the speech.


24 February 2023

Youth unemployment is one of the crises that is defining our country. On Thursday 9 February 2023 during the State of the Nation Address, the President acknowledged the systemic nature of the challenge; however, the speech failed to capture urgent timelines for bold solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of young […]

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14 December 2022

With roughly 2.6 million people operating small businesses in South Africa, bridging the gap between young job-seekers and SMMEs must be a national priority. We write about three key solutions on Fin24.

[LISTEN] Youth unemployment is a mountain to climb.

1 December 2022

On this interview with Sifiso Skenjana, Youth Capital’s Network Mobiliser Lethiwe Sinodumo Nkosi unpacks solutions to bridge the gap between SMMEs and young job-seekers.

[LISTEN] Small business and their challenges in hiring and retaining young people

1 December 2022

Youth Capital chats to Cape Talk about solutions to bridge the gaps between small businesses and young job-seekers.

[LISTEN] How we can bridge the gap between small businesses and young talent.

1 December 2022

Following the release of our latest report, Youth Capital speaks to 702’s John Perlman about the solutions to fix the challenges small businesses face.

[WATCH] Small businesses need tailored support to unlock growth

1 December 2022

What are the challenges that small businesses face when hiring and retaining young hires? Youth Capital chats to Newzroom Afrika about the latest report, Bridge the Gap.

[WATCH] Small businesses need tailored support to unlock growth

30 November 2022

As youth unemployment continues to be a national crisis, small businesses have been increasingly expected to provide solutions for economic growth and to absorb young talent. But there is a paradox: even though they make up 40% of the GDP, and created more than 1,800 jobs per day between 2016 and 2019, their challenges are […]


1 July 2022

Youth Capital’s Kristal Duncan-Williams comments on youth unemployment with YES’s CEO Ravi Naidoo and Taryn Abrahams from RLabs on Newzroom Afrika.

ON CAPE TALK | ‘I’ve been trying’. 8 years without a job.

17 June 2022

On Youth Day, Youth Capital’s Project Lead spoke to Cape Talk’s Amy McIver about the recently launched documentary film on youth unemployment.

Daily Maverick | Young people are ready to share responsibility for a better future… are you?

14 June 2022

Youth Capital’s Fentse Malatji spoke to the Daily Maverick about Youth Day, youth leadership, and the importance of ‘optimism in your actions’.

READ| A new generation wants a new kind of work

14 June 2022

Youth Lab’s Pearl Pillay reflects in the Sunday Times on the changes we need to make to ensure that young job-seekers are supported in their transitions.


9 June 2022

To kick off Youth Month, Youth Capital’s Network Mobiliser Lethiwe Nkosi chats to Gareth Cliff about youth unemployment.

READ | Unemployed young people spend R1 000 a month searching for jobs on Weekend Argus

16 May 2022

Weekend Argus’ Velani Ludidi chats to young people in the Cape Town area about the costs they have to face when job-seeking.

Listen | Beyond the cost on 702

13 May 2022

Youth Capital’s Project Lead speaks to Relebongile Mabotja and John Perlman on 702 about job-seeking costs and how to reduce them.

READ| High job-seeking costs for young South Africans on Daily Maverick

13 May 2022

8 in 10 young people said they have to choose between looking for work and buying food. Daily Maverick speaks to young people from the Youth Capital Network.

Read | Why job-seeking costs need attention on The Daily Vox

13 May 2022

The Daily Vox’s Fatima Moosa unpacks the finding from Youth Capital’s research report on job-seeking costs for young South Africans.

Read | Job-seeking costs on GroundUp

13 May 2022

GroundUp’s Marecia Damons attended the launch of research report ‘Beyond the Cost’ on job-seeking costs for young South Africans.

Listen | ‘Beyond the Cost’ with John Maytham on Cape Talk.

13 May 2022

Youth Capital’s Project Lead Kristal Duncan-Williams speaks to John Maytham on Cape Talk about solutions to reduce job-seeking costs.

‘Beyond the Cost’ on The Talking Point, SAfm

10 May 2022

In this interview with Cathy Mohlahlana, Youth Capital’s Project Lead, Researcher Senzelwe Mthembu and Duma Gqubule discuss job-seeking costs.

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