In South Africa and across the globe youth unemployment is growing with millions of unskilled young people struggling to make a (decent) living. In fact, South Africa had the worst rate of unemployment for youth between the ages of 15 and 24 among 36 countries surveyed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2008. Statistics showed that one in two young South Africans – and two out of three young African women – are jobless.
Now, some young adults and even teenagers are taking the initiative to reinvent their lives and release their entrepreneurial potential to create a better life not only for themselves but for their families and their communities. They are working with or for the people sitting next them and not for big companies.
Some leading questions:
- With young entrepreneurs like Zuckerberg and Shuttleworth making global headlines…can you name who’s next in SA?
- Can you track the ups and downs of budding young entrepreneurs and report how they are becoming job creators instead of job seekers?
- What advice can they share?