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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.

PRESS RELEASE: Young people have to choose between looking for work and buying food

14 February 2024

Built on the Siyakha Study, Youth Capital’s Beyond the Cost provides an update of the financial costs young job-seekers have to face.

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.

YOUTH CAPITAL WELCOMES MINISTER OF FINANCE’ ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL EMPLOYMENT STIMULUS

3 November 2023

Advocacy campaign Youth Capital cautiously welcomes the Minister of Finance’s decision to extend the Presidential Employment Stimulus by one year

Over 16000 signatures have been SUBMITTED SIGNATURES TO NATIONAL TREASURY REQUESTING THE FUNDING EXTENSION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL EMPLOYMENT STIMULUS

31 October 2023

Youth Capital has submitted over 16 000 signatures in support of its advocacy requesting ongoing funding to National Treasury

LISTEN | STATS SA SHOWS THAT THE KIDS ARE NOT ALL RIGHT

10 March 2023

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

LISTEN | THE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES OF #SONA2023

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.

[WATCH] YOUNG PEOPLE WERE LEFT BEHIND AT #SONA2023

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 […]

[READ] Your neighbourhood restaurant may be more important than you realise. Here’s why[READ]

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 […]

Statement: National survey confirms that small businesses need support to unlock growth.

28 November 2022

Youth Capital’s latest brief, Bridge the Gap. Finding the ‘right’ young hire, shines a light on the challenges that small businesses face when hiring young talent.

NEWZROOM AFRIKA| DISCUSSING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT WITH YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE

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.

LISTEN | YOUTH CAPITAL ON CLIFF CENTRAL

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.

Youth trapped in job seeking’s revolving doors

29 April 2022

In the Mail & Guardian, Youth Capital Campaigner Phila Prince Msutu shares his journey in and out of education and short-term job opportunities that lead nowhere.

On Daily Maverick | Reflecting on youth and imagination as the means of changing the world for the better

1 April 2022

In this Space co-hosted by Youth Capital, activists discuss the role of civil society in working towards a South Africa that works for all its citizens. The space was covered by Daily Maverick

WATCH | YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL.

2 December 2021

Youth unemployment is a growing crisis; it’s urgent that young people’s experiences drive a youth employment strategy.

PODCAST | HOW SHOULD WE INTERVIEW in 2022 TO UNLOCK JOBS?

23 November 2021

Should we interview young job-seekers differently in 2022? Youth Capital’s Policy and Learning Manager speaks on Cape Talks about critical shifts.

WATCH | UNLOCK JOBS ON SMWX.

19 November 2021

Youth Capital’s Project Lead Kristal Duncan-Williams caught up with Dr Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh to discuss Youth Capital’s latest publication, Unlock Jobs.

Medium Term Budget Analysis SA

ANALYSIS | YOUNG PEOPLE GOT TOUGH LOVE AT THE MEDIUM TERM BUDGET.

12 November 2021

With over 9 million young people not in employment, education or training, youth unemployment should have been one of the priorities of the Medium Term Budget. But it wasn’t.

PODCAST | YOUNG PEOPLE AND VOTING.

5 November 2021

Where are all the young voters and why aren’t they casting their ballots? Lester Kiewit spoke to Youth Capital’s Mario Meyer and Casimiro Sithole on Cape Talk to find out some of the reasons behind it.

OPINION | Tackling youth unemployment requires sustained and coordinated action.

5 November 2021

In this opinion piece on the Mail & Guardian, Youth Capital stresses the importance of understanding young people’s roadblocks to employment and develop coordinated and sustained solutions.

OPINION | LESSONS FROM YOUTH WORK INITIATIVE

11 October 2021

Did the Basic Education Employment Initiative work for young people? In this article for the M&G, Youth Capital, ORT SA CAPE and Youth@worK include the small shifts that would improve the programme.

LISTEN | Lessons from the Basic Education Employment Initiative

8 October 2021

Youth Capital reflects with Elijah Mhlanga from the Department of Basic Education on learning from Phase 1 of the Basic Education Employment Initiative on SAfm.

READ | YOUTH CAPITAL ON LE MONDE

29 September 2021

Why is youth unemployment in South Africa a crisis? Youth Capital’s Project Lead contextualises the crisis on Le Monde.

LISTEN | Youth Unemployment on BBC Africa

29 September 2021

What is it like to be young and unemployed ? Youth Capital Influencer Kananelo Khoetsa shares her lived experiences with BBC Africa.

LISTEN | SMALL SHIFTS TO TACKLE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

28 September 2021

Podcast | We join Hillary Musarurwa, Luvuyo Maseko and Dr. Solange Rosa from the Bertha Centre to discuss small shifts to tackle youth unemployment.

LISTEN | Why looking for work needs to be affordable

15 September 2021

In this interview with Lester Kiewit, Youth Capital’s Project Lead Kristal Duncan-Williams and Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator’s Chief Brand Officer Kuben Nair speak about making job-seeking affordable.

LISTEN | three improvements to make public employment work.

10 September 2021

Did the Basic Education Employment Initiative work for young people? Youth Capital’s Policy and Learning Manager discusses Youth Capital’s study on Voice of the Cape.

LISTEN | Youth Capital on Al Jazeera The Take

23 July 2021

Youth Capital Influencer Bonginkosi Mchunu speaks to Al Jazeera about the unrest and youth unemployment.

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Opinion | Why youth participation must be adopted.

30 June 2021

Being the largest population group in South Africa, young people should be our country’s strength; but this potential remains untapped. Collaborations between the government and youth organisations could help us get there faster, write Kristal Duncan-Williams, Pearl Pillay and Tessa Dooms on News24.

LISTEN | Young Activists are putting young people at the centre.

30 June 2021

Youth Capital discusses youth unemployment and solutions with Refiloe Mpakanyane and Dr. Athambile Masola on 702.

WATCH | A panel discussion on youth unemployment.

30 June 2021

To celebrate Youth Day, Youth Capital’s Project Lead joined a panel discussion organised by SABC, on their programme The Full View to discuss youth unemployment.

LISTEN | Policy implementation falls flat unless young people’s voices are at the centre.

17 June 2021

To celebrate Youth Day 2021, Youth Capital’s Project Lead Kristal Duncan-Williams spoke to Nickolaus Bauer on 702 about how youth unemployment shapes youth identity.

LISTEN | Why we need an Action Plan to solve youth unemployment.

17 June 2021

In this interview with Khaya Sithole on Youth Day, Youth Capital’s Project Lead Kristal Duncan-Williams unpacks the need for a shared strategy to tackle youth unemployment.

OPINION | To succeed, learners need help in making the right subject choices.

15 June 2021

Youth Capital Influencer Bonginkosi Mchunu reflects on the challenges learners face when choosing subjects and what solutions he is implementing with his NGO Ohllofus.

Youth Capital and The Daily Vox bring you #BeTheDrivingForce Campaign.

14 May 2021

On June 16 2021, Youth Day will be commemorated in South Africa. 45 years ago, black South Africans students were massacred by the police as they fought against Bantu education. This day commemorates and remembers their struggles. In 2021, 45 years from June 17 1976, the truth is that most young people are still struggling against the […]

LISTEN | NIDS CRAM Wave 4 findings confirm the need for an academic catch up plan.

14 May 2021

Before the pandemic hit, hundreds of thousands of young South African every year would drop out, repeated grades, pushed grades without a plan to learn the material. Before COVID-19, our system had problems assisting learners to catch up, and now the problem has only been exacerbated.  According to the National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile […]

Listen | Latest research shows the gender gap in employment.

28 April 2021

What happens when young people don’t pass matric? In 2016 the Department of Basic Education launched the Second Chance Matric Programme, designed to give young people a second chance at obtaining their matric qualification. However, many young people are unaware of this opportunity. There is little information in the public domain as the Department doesn’t report […]

Listen | Internships, Learnerships and the World of Work.

23 April 2021

In this radio interview with Clement Manyathela on 702, Youth Capital discusses internships.

Opinion | Dear Minister Mboweni, help young people shift gears for our country’s recovery.

24 February 2021

For real economic recovery, we need to change the trajectory of how young people find and keep work. How can the Budget Speech address this? Write Kristal Duncan-Williams and Clotilde Angelucci.

OPINION | 2020 matrics are already anxious, registering for the rewrite shouldn’t add to that.

16 February 2021

Registering for the Second Chance Matric Programme (matric rewrite) should be easy; at the moment, information about it is conflicting and confusing and young people are being given the rounaround. This Opinion piece originally appeared on News24.

Opinion | Before, during and after Covid-19: An academic catch up plan for South African learners.

6 August 2020

COVID-19 has turned the spotlight on the challenges learners face in schools. The ongoing lockdown means that different learners have access to different resources. We need a catch up plan to support all learners to learn equally.

Listen | Why we need an academic catch-up plan now.

4 June 2020

With the Department of Basic Education’s plan to reopen school with a phased-in approach, in an interview on 702, Youth Capital stresses the importance of an academic catch-up plan to ensure that no learners are left behind.

Listen | No learner should be left behind.

28 May 2020

How can we ensure that the back to school plan of the Department of Basic Education ensures that all learners can learn equally? Kristal Duncan-Williams speaks to Lester Kiewit and a Grade 12 students on Cape Talk about the need for an academic catch-up plan that responds to the real needs of our learners. 

Opinion | South Africa’s digital divide detrimental to the youth.

20 April 2020

Without the means and data to leverage lockdown as a time to grow, COVID-19 reinforces how SA’s data-divide remains a barrier to young people’s progress and potential to learn, writes Kristal Duncan-Williams on the Mail & Guardian.

Opinion | South Africa’s digital divide detrimental to the youth.

20 April 2020

Without the means and data to leverage lockdown as a time to grow, COVID-19 reinforces how SA’s data-divide remains a barrier to young people’s progress and potential to learn.

Yotuh Capital cost of job-seeking

Listen | Why data prices matter to young job-seekers.

20 March 2020

Stephen Grootes hosted a mediated conversation on the fall of data prices following Vodacom’s agreement with the Competition Commission on his breakfast show, SAfm Sunrise.
He was joined by Youth Capital’s Project Lead Kristal Duncan-Williams, Jan Vermeulen (Editor of MyBroadBand), Dr. Keabetswe Modimoeng (Acting Chair of The Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and Koketso Moeti (Founder of Amandla Mobi).

Opinion | Young People Must Help Design a Youth Employment Plan.

2 March 2020

To reduce youth unemployment, young South Africans need to be involved in the design and implementation of the President’s recently announced Presidential Youth Employment Plan.

Listen | What does youth unemployment look like post SONA 2020?

27 February 2020

Youth Capital’s Project Lead Kristal Duncan-Williams discusses youth unemployment in the context of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the Budget Speech 2020.

Opinion | It’s time to stop paying lip service to young people.

19 February 2020

In this piece for the City Press, Youth Capital outlines how young people’s experiences can and should shape the national response to youth unemployment.

Opinion| Let’s get behind the General Education Certificate – and make it work!

3 October 2019

In this analysis for the Daily Maverick, DGMT Deputy CEO Janet Jobson and Youth Capital Project Lead Kristal Duncal-Williams look at what formalising the end of compulsory schooling in Grade 9 could unlock for young people and the whole education system. 

Opinion | Unemployed youth are stuck between a rock and a hopeless case

14 September 2019

Between the cost of actually finding a job, from transport to the all-important data, it’s no wonder the unemployed have all-but given up.

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On Business Live | Unemployed youth are stuck between a rock and a hopeless case.

19 June 2019

Between the cost of actually finding a job, from transport to the essential mobile  data, it’s no wonder the unemployed have all but given up, writes Youth Capital Project lead Kristal Duncan-Williams on Business Live.

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