Youth unemployment in South Africa stands at a staggering 70%. According to the 2014 World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risk Report, South Africa has the third-highest unemployment rate in the world for people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Graduates and matriculants are struggling to find jobs due to stiff competition in the job market.
Most of the young people today want everything now, it’s that microwave generation. Everything needs to happen instantaneously.
Tsholo Mafoko (24) who hails from Meadowlands, Soweto, graduated with a BSC in Biotech Management from Midrand Graduate Institute (MGI) . She’s been unemployed for the last three months.
However, she is optimistic. In the past she has done temporary work at Call Centre’s and gained valuable experience from doing that. She says she can relate to those people who are in the same position as she is in.
She advises anyone entering the job market to do their research properly.
25 year old Nomzamo Mdladla who hails from Pietermaritzburg completed her Matric certificate in 2007.
She then registered for a degree in Journalism at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2008 but was not able to complete her studies due to financial problems.
She currently stays at home and relies heavily on her family for financial support.
She says she has been trying to get journalism internships at newspapers and at commercial radio stations but the challenge is that she needs to complete her degree before they even will consider her for an internship programme.
She says money has always been a problem for her. She says her family and friends are very supportive. However, she says she’s not getting younger and most people her age have solid employment.