President Cyril Ramaphosa’s tenure as president has been characterised by expectations of turning around SA’s fortunes and announcing a stimulus plan for the economy. This stimulus has to prioritise job creation and address youth unemployment. In this regard it is a pity that the official implementation of the government’s Youth Employment Service (YES) programme on August 28 did not receive the required public attention, as it is directed at addressing some of the core causes of our present economic predicament. In March this year, shortly after the inauguration of the president, the YES programme was announced to give impetus to much-anticipated job creation and the employment of youth in SA. YES is a joint initiative by the private sector and the government and it was widely reported that the president had been personally involved in tailoring and contouring the programme. Five months later, the August 28 government gazette enacting the YES programme is good news, as it creates a...

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