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Jobless graduates stage march: 'Government has no clear plan for us'

14 August 2020 3:36 PM
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A movement of jobless graduates staged a demonstration at Church Square in Pretoria on Friday demanding that the government tackles graduate unemployment.

They had initially planned to march from Church Square to the Union Buildings, but they were reportedly stopped by police.

The group of job seekers held up placards reading "We are young and capable", "Put young people first" and "Nothing for us without us." Some donned their black graduation robes.

Sthembiso Shandu, a representative of the Unemployed Graduates of South Africa, says the government has shown no political will in curbing graduate unemployment.

He says none of the government's economic recovery plans seem to make mention of unemployed graduates.

Shandu says the state needs to implement urgent interventions.

Our worry is that there is no clear plan on the side of government judging from the lockdown and the country's economy.

Sthembiso Shandu, Representative - Unemployed Graduates of South Africa

We hear the government talking but there's no clear plan... there's no inclusion of the unemployed graduates.

Sthembiso Shandu, Representative - Unemployed Graduates of South Africa

We feel that all the platforms and the portals for job vacancies must be data-free for young people to access them. Government must subsidies such portals.

Sthembiso Shandu, Representative - Unemployed Graduates of South Africa

The hashtag #UnemployedGraduates has been trending on Twitter, with many young South Africans weighing in on the conversation.

Listen to Stembiso Shandu in conversation with Lester Kiewit:


14 August 2020 3:36 PM
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Unemployment
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