youth unemployment Archives - Youth Capital

#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.

Where is Tintswalo? The State of the Nation Address minimises young South Africans’ challenges

8 February 2024

Youth Capital’s response to #SONA2024 calls for the prioritisation of youth challenges such as youth unemployment.

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.

Empower U: How to be a campaigner guide.

23 November 2023

How can you start tackling youth unemployment in your community? Empower U: How to be a campaigner is a guide with the right knowledge to create change.

Youth Capital calls the Government and National Treasury to address the magnitude of the youth unemployment crisis.

14 November 2023

Advocacy campaign Youth Capital responds to the latest youth unemployment stats, highlighting the urgency of solutions.


3 November 2023

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

Fund our Futures Campaign: a small victory – but we’re not giving up!

3 November 2023

We have submitted the signatures to National Treasury, and the Presidential Employment Stimulus received funding – but we’re not done yet!

Open Letter from Khari-Sma Mashego: We need the BEEI to continue

1 September 2023

I am joining the drive to remake quality education accessible to all learners, especially those in public schools. We need the BEEI to continue, to provide much needed extra hands in the classroom to assist teachers.

#FundOurFutures | Calling for continued funding of the Presidential Employment Stimulus

20 July 2023

The Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES) has provided valuable work experience to over 1 MILLION South Africans; funding ends in March 2024. Add your voice to the call for continued funding.


15 June 2023

Lean on each other – tackle youth unemployment produced in collaboration with Eh!woza, features the seven stories of South Africans, across race, class and different sectors, to show the impact of social connections on their journey and the ways everyday South Africans can start creating the social connections young people need to earn an income.

How to create social connections that unlock opportunities.

5 June 2023

Stand up for yourself and other young people by playing a role in creating connections and sharing them with other young people.

RESEARCH | The state of higher institution learning in South Africa

14 March 2023

What about the state of higher institution learning in South Africa? In this blog, we unpack the insights from DHET’s annual report.


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.

Daily Maverick Webinar | Small businesses & youth unemployment

22 February 2023

What is the role that small businesses play in tackling youth unemployment?What is the role that small businesses play in tackling youth unemployment? The findings of ‘Bridge the gap’ were unpacked in a Daily Maverick webinar.

Young talent and Small Businesses: this is how we bridge the gap.

22 December 2022

National survey by Youth Capital confirms that SMMEs need tailored support to hire and retain young talent. We unpacked the findings in a Twitter Space.

[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.

[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.

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.

Bridge the Gap. Finding the ‘right’ young hire.

27 November 2022

Small businesses are considered the backbone of the economy, and increasingly expected to provide solutions to youth unemployment through hiring. But what are the challenges that they face when looking for a young hire?

Sikis Koffee Kafe: Establishing a Township Market for Local Cafes

10 November 2022

‘To be an entrepreneur, one needs to be crazy; but to be an entrepreneur, one also needs to look for solutions”

Siki runs his coffee shop out of the garage of his home in the township of Khayelitsha, in Cape Town. After dropping out of high school, he started working in cafes as a dishwasher at a young age; it took him little time to start climbing the ranks, and he was employed as a s a store manager.

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