Today's Big Stories, EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative

Pravin Gordhan endorses 702 EOH job creation challenge

Youth unemployment is at over 50% and we need to find ways to empower young people and prepare them for the job market.

EOH together with 702 invite companies across South Africa to participate in the EOH 702 Youth Job Creation Challenge, and help transform the future of the country.

The initiative is calling on companies to pledge 3% of learnerships and internships within their organisations for unemployed youth.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan talks to Kieno Kammies about why he has endorsed the initiative.

We want a more widespread awareness, both in the corporate sector, and in society more generally, that South Africa has a significant percentage of young people as part of its overall population.

Minister Pravin Gordhan

Many of them have limited skills and training and work experience opportunities...and high levels of unemployment.

Minister Pravin Gordhan

He says youth should be viewed as a plus factor, to generate more innovation, excitement and dynamism in our economy.

All of us need to invest in young people and their education, training and development...and this initiative is an important contribution.

Minister Pravin Gordhan

Listen to the interview below:

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