Over 50 Percent of Youths Jobless

While university students fight for their rights, just over 50 percent of the country's youth are unemployed

While university students fight for their rights, just over 50 percent of the country's youth are unemployed.

The Child Gauge 2015 report, released by the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town, states that 51 percent of those aged between 20 and 24 are not employed or studying, while 21 percent are employed, 16 percent are still completing school and 12 percent are studying or training.

Prof Jonathan Jansen, vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, says a long-term strategy is vital. Jansen adds: "I have enormous respect for the many NGOs [non-governmental organisations], religious bodies and committed citizens who provide access to food, sanitary towels, shelter and medication. But we must have a long-term strategy for lifting and keeping whole communities out of poverty."

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