Table on maths performance in the 2012 Annual National Assessment.
Posted by Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen on December 11, 2012
Posted by Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen on August 17, 2012
Presentation to the “Economic Transformation for the Next Generation” conference on Youth Unemployment.
Posted by Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen on September 15, 2011
The debate on youth subsidy has gathered pace. The arguments for a youth subsidy consist of two major arguments.
First, the high rates of unemployment amongst youth are exceedingly worrying. As shown in a previous chart on Zapreneur. The key features of the unemployment data by age, show that:
The key features of the data include that:
- The biggest proportion of unemployed are concentrated in the age groups 15-24 years (29.5%) and 25-34 years (42.8%).
- Unemployment for those 34 years old and younger accounts for 72,3% of unemployed South Africans.
Youth unemployment thus is a serious challenge, and perhaps the defining challenge that we face.
Posted by Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen on June 28, 2011
Arguing that the the “ticking time bomb” metaphor may lull us into a sense of complacency with regards to youth unemployment.
Unemployment by age in South Africa
The chart below represents data for the first quarter of 2011 for unemployment rate in South Africa by age.
This presentation provides a conceptual argument that high levels of youth unemployment are a manifestation of a deeper poverty trap in South Africa. Argues that the expansion of social security, community works and building assets are potentially viable responses that must be included in a discussion on youth unemployment. Importantly, there are young unemployed people who simply lack information, or are holding out for a better paying job. However, the majority of young unemployed South Africans have little or no prospect of finding work. Providing regular income and work to these unemployed young people requires that as a society we create mechanisms for economic inclusion.