Why this petition matters
A traditional life cycle for some may typically include: studying, getting a job, getting married, and retiring.
However, this concept is growing archaic as more and more young adults are finding it tougher to find employment after graduation. This obviously derails their future plans such as paying off their student loan debt, buying a home, starting a family and being able to save and invest. Youth unemployment rate in South Africa stands at 55,2% percent – three times higher than the figure for adults in South Africa.
The problem is attributed to a skills mismatch, with demand for low-skill jobs higher than high-skill occupations.
Other reasons that have been cited in various reports include a lack of job opportunities, a lack of work experience, inadequate qualifications and a discrepancy between a graduates’ asking salary and the salary offered by employers, among others. This unemployment is a result youth taking more drugs and alcohol even commiting severe crimes just to get money and be happy.
Therefore unemployment grant such as donation with airtime, transport fees, formal clothes to wear on interview should be a great start to help youth to seek employment including a resource training centre to update curriculum vitae's and learn computer literacy. This is a national South African emergency asking every youth who is unemployed to sign this petition to ask the government to reconsider and help us to make the unemployment grant for all unemployed youth between ages 21 - 38