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Transforming youth employability through innovation

As South Africa continues to grapple with its massive youth (15-34 years) unemployment rate of 4.7 million individuals (Q4 2023), there is a critical need for innovative approaches to skills development and employability. I view learnerships as an excellent platform for creative training methodologies thereby, paving the way for a more agile and adaptable workforce.

Is South Africa fighting a skills shortage or a jobs shortage?

A recent roundtable discussion we co-hosted with Microsoft sparked a debate whether SA’s unemployment challenges are truly about job availability rather than a mismatch in skills demand and supply.

Empowering SA’s youth for a thriving future

We are working towards developing a new breed of entrepreneurs, one that’s future fit, disruptive, and geared to solving the challenges of an increasingly complex world. As South Africa considers the challenges and opportunities facing our youth, there has never been a greater need for inclusive entrepreneurship.

The key skills developed in a learnership

Daring to dream is the greatest skill that a learnership can teach. South Africa faces a unique dilemma – we have the highest youth unemployment in the world, yet there is a shortage of skilled people to fill positions in many sectors. Businesses want workers who can hit the ground running, yet matriculants don’t have the skills or the understanding of the work environment to make the required impact.

REPORT | Despite the shifting needs of the youth, what they...

The 2022 Gen Next report reveals what feels like unprecedented chaos as an ongoing theme experienced by the youth of South Africa. Youth unemployment, a shrinking economy, load shedding, looting and lockdown restrictions are but several contentious issues the youth were dealing with when the research study was infield.

Transformation in the fuel industry key to economic growth and job...

South Africa’s franchise sector has shown tremendous resilience, first withstanding the heaviest effects from economic lens of the COVID-19 pandemic, secondly, looking at how global economies, suffered from the knock-on effect of the Russian war in the Ukraine.

Young entrepreneurs hold the key to youth employment

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared youth unemployment a national priority in his newsletter ahead of Youth Day this year, saying that youth unemployment is a 'huge mountain to climb' but that efforts were underway to address the challenge.

A legacy of leadership – are we being the leaders that...

South Africa is facing a number of critical challenges. Two of the most worrying are a faltering economy and a crisis in leadership which is leaving many of our future business leaders either waiting on the side lines or, even more tragically, leaving the country.

Naspers delivers strong revenue growth with profitable core operations

Naspers Limited (JSE: NPN) announced strong revenue growth with profitability in core operations for the year ending 31 March 2022. Building on the prior year’s standout performance, the Group’s ecommerce portfolio delivered revenue growth of 49% to US$10.7 billion.

The Great Resignation and the rise of the contingent worker

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the way the world goes about its business; namely, the way we socialise, the way we travel, the way we take care of our health, the way we shop, the way we do business, the way we structure our time and the way we work.


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