On Sunday, the 16th of June 2019, at an event to commemorate youth activism during the apartheid, a system of institutionalized racial segregation between 1948 to early 1990s in South West Africa and South Africa, recently reelected South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa said that the youth unemployment had become a ‘national crisis’ in South Africa.
Since the end of White minority rules about 25 years ago, Africa’s most advanced economy had been vying to vent an intransigently high unemployment rate, while creating new jobs had been hanging fire over Ramaphosa’s presidency, as he had pledged to fuel up an underperforming economy during taking the office for the fourth time.
According to the official data released last week, the unemployment rate in South Africa had edged up to 27.6 percent over the first quarter ahead of Ramaphosa’s ANC party’s landslide victory at an election last month.
None the less, official data had also added that people who had stopped looking for work rose to 38 percent from 37 percent a month earlier. Adding that the youth unemployment had become a ‘national crisis’ in South Africa, Ramaphosa said on National Youth Day (June 16th), a day that honored the students killed during 1976 Soweto uprising which yielded global attention to the brutality of apartheid, “We are very much alive to the fact that youth unemployment is indeed a national crisis”.
More critically, according to a government agency Stats SA, about four out of ten people within an age range of 15-34 years did not have a job by last May.