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Three-fifths of South Africans are under the age of 30. This youth bulge has
the potential to transform South Africa’s economic and social reality.

of our population is made up of youth (15- to 34-year-olds)
three fifth's of the them live in poverty
are neither employed nor receiving education or training by the time they are 25 years old
These youths are resilient, innovative and courageous. Let's get in their corner now!
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powerful ways to help young people realise their potential.
See them here.

How can we build real and imminent possibility for young people? Here, rather than going for the big systemic changes like overhauling the education system, we look at what ordinary South Africans, in their personal and professional capacity, can do to effect this change. Each of these suggestions, if multiplied, could become levers for much larger change.

Siyabonga

“You learn through your mistakes, and you also learn through other people. I want to be the mentor that I never had.” - Siyabonga

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Luthando

“She asked me if I had considered working at Allan Gray. By the time I die, I want the average black person to be able to speak the investment language.” - Luthando

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Marguerite

“She was a tough boss, a ‘tough love’ kind of boss – working with her taught me quite a lot about work ethic and making sure that things were done right.” - Marguerite

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Virata

“I was not really sure about what I wanted to do after school. I felt like I did it because I had to make a choice at the time.” - Virata

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Dean

“There is a saying that goes, ‘When all things fail, love fights back.’ That’s really what keeps me going as a father and an individual.” - Dean

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Why your business should hire young people – and how to make this a win-win strategy.
Volunteer opportunities that prepare young people for work.
How you can help young people to do well on the big transitions that shape their lives.
Siyabonga
Luthando
Marguerite
Virata
Dean
Easy-to-use guidelines to coach or mentor youth around themes that can help them reach success.
‘The one thing that unlocked opportunity for me?’ Reflections from young people (and others).
 
How to nurture resilience in young people (or within yourself!).
 
‘Pathways from School to Work’:  understanding all your options – with or without a Matric!

 

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