South Africa (SA), in the year 2015 saw unprecedented socio and political activities, mainly attributed to a generation described as the ‘lost generation’ or ‘post-democracy babies’.
The introduction of the #FeesMustFall movement made 2015 an unforgettable year for many South Africans, both young and old. It reinvigorated the debate on the value of education and its’ role in a socio-political environment marginalised by the imbalances of the past.
In the midst of all this one may forget that the year 2016 marks 40 years since the gallant youth of 1976 stood up in protest of the compulsory introduction of Afrikaans together with other grievances against the government of the time.
In light of the various challenges faced by South Africa – one of which is the current economic climate – it is important to note that unemployment continues to pose a challenge. A study done by the World Bank on South Africa’s economy reported that key to a higher performing economy is: an aggressive job creation plan.
On this front there is some good news: The recently released Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) by Statistics SA for Quarter three of 2015 highlight an increase in the number of people employed. The survey also shows a decrease in the national unemployment rate from 25.5% in the previous quarter to 24.5% in the third quarter 2015. In the Eastern Cape, 39 000 more people found jobs in the third quarter, with
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