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Building a future for South Africa’s youth

Author: Ashraf Kariem and Sithembile Mbete
Organisation: National Planning Commission
Publish Date: 2012
Country: South Africa
Sector: Economic
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Employment
Type: Article
Language: English
Tags: Unemployment, Youth Unemployment, National Development Plan (NDP), Continued education, South African economy

This article summarises the NPC’s approach to improving the life chances of millions of South Africa's employable youth. The revised National Development Plan (NDP) released on 15 August 2012 aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030. The National Planning Commission believes that this can be achieved by growing an inclusive economy, building the capabilities of individuals, enhancing the capacity of the state and promoting a more cohesive society. The first section discusses the structural composition of the South African economy, and examines its historical foundations and contemporary features. Central to this is a discussion of the problem of youth unemployment. The article then considers the proposals of the revised NDP to create a more prosperous, equal South Africa by 2030.
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