The youth in Pretoria are challenging President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver on his promise to create jobs. The youth unemployment rate in South Africa increased to 55,20% in the first quarter of 2019 from 54,70% in the fourth quarter of 2018.

During his inaugural speech in May, Ramaphosa described unemployment among the youth as a national crisis.

He will deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Cape Town Thursday evening.

Young people expect job creation to be among the top items in Ramaphosa’s speech.

“Mr President Ramaphosa, please help the poor black people like me. I’m still suffering. I don’t have a job for a long time now. I am walking the streets looking for a job. I’ve found nothing,” says one youth.

“I want a job. I am not a chooser. Any job is suitable, as long as I can get something to eat and my kids. That’s all,” says another young person ahead of the Sona.