Job creation to top agenda at Ramaphosa’s Youth Day address

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Youth unemployment will be high on President Cyril Ramaphosa‘s National Youth Day address later on Saturday morning.

On Saturday, the country marks the 42nd commemoration of the June 16 Soweto Uprisings.

The President’s day in Soweto will start with an almost 7 kilometer Thuma Mina Walk with young people from the Morris Isaacson High School in Central Western Jabavu to the Orlando Stadium.

With over 3,3 million young people unemployed, government has identified the creation of jobs for youth as one of its key priorities.

The 2018 National Youth Day comes just three months since President Ramaphosa launched the Youth Employment Service initiative.

This seeks to prepare young people for work through training and matching programmes.

It is a business-led initiative in partnership with government, labour and civil society and it hopes to offer one million young South Africans paid work experience over the next three years.

The President is expected to use the occasion to urge young people to join the ranks of active and responsible citizens by participating in elections and to be active leaders in the fight against crime, substance abuse, violence against women and children.

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