Browsing All posts tagged under »youth«

Time to focus on Gross Domestic Benefit

June 17, 2018


Unless there is some radical change, an estimated 71 million unemployed youth will be the forerunners of what may turn out to be the first of discarded generations of the future. Perhaps it is time to stop focusing on growth — on GDP — and instead target GDB (Gross Domestic — and international — Benefit).

Youth may yet show the way forward

June 15, 2018


There is little for the youth of today to celebrate as they contemplate the present and the prospects for themselves in the future. For most — and especially those with little formal schooling — current prospects are bleak and the future outlook bleaker still. But change could come. The missing ingredient: political will and as the South African youth of 1976 showed, such will can be awakened

How heritage got roasted

September 28, 2014


September 24 was a public holiday in South Africa: Heritage Day, called to "celebrate our unity in diversity". But perhaps rather than celebrate, South Africans should use the day to question why the country's diverse communities are so grossly unequal.

Very little ‘sunshine’ for workers

October 4, 2013


Following a proposal from the SABC that South Africa’s national broadcaster should present 70% “sunshine news”, it seemed appropriate to look at this from a wider — and working class — viewpoint, writes Terry Bell

A glimmer of hope for youth unemployment

May 24, 2012


There seems consensus that steps should be taken to alleviate some of the worst aspects of youth unemployment, a crisis that affects more than 75 million young people worldwide. But evidence exists of at least one highly successful project in South Africa of youth training and job placement in the current climate.

The ballot box & a youth wage subsidy

May 19, 2012


The battle for the electoral support of the millions of unemployed, unskilled and mostly ill-educated youth in South Africa — perhaps the most crucial voting bloc for the 2014 elections — is now in the open. It came with the decision by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to march on the headquarters of the country’s largest […]