While chairing a meeting under the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) at Harambee Youth Employment Centre, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa commended the progress and efforts put in by the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, youth employment and skills centre based in Johannesburg.
Currently, an estimated 1.2 million unemployed youths roam the streets of South Africa which saw an increase in crime rate.
During his visit to the Harambee Youth Employment centre, Deputy President Ramaphosa used the opportunity to urge both government and the private sector to work together in order to kill the monster called unemployment which has been tormenting the youths.
“Many of those young people get prepared for the world of work, they do get empowered and they do get to look for jobs and hopefully get those jobs, so we are very pleased that you are our partner as government and we are walking this journey with you to empower our young people and to fill this gap.”
Speaking at the Gauteng Economic Indaba in Johannesburg on Wednesday night‚ African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma encouraged African countries to start a skills revolution in the continent.
The woman of power added that without this‚ the misfortune of the African continent would persist.
“We must do no less than a skills revolution on this continent; that is what we need to urgently grow and modernise our economy. And these skills must be proportionally right with the big emphasis on science‚ technology engineering and maths.
She pointed out that the deficiency in access to tertiary education in Africa has posed a major problem‚ and that most African countries should follow the footsteps of Ethiopia of investing in education.
“They have increased their tertiary institutions. About 25 years ago‚ they had three universities; now they have 36. They had 100 technical colleges; now they have 1300‚” she said.
She also commended Gauteng’s contribution to the development of the continent.