In every town in SA, unemployment is an entrenched problem demanding new solutions. It’s an inter-generational challenge, plaguing youth in metros, small towns, townships, informal settlements and rural areas; a generational handicap foisted upon millennials, gen-Y and gen-X by a system of spatial and racial inequality. And, importantly, young South Africans aren’t only unemployed — their older siblings are unemployed; their cousins and friends; even their parents. Unemployment is the norm for at least two generations of South Africans; a cruel reality defeating the hopes and dreams of those who should, instead, be fresh runners to receive the baton. Many of the “previously” disadvantaged remain disadvantaged. One response to this SA condition is the Youth Employment Service (YES), a new, business-led approach. YES registration opened in November 2018. Within 17 weeks the initiative was creating 799 new jobs on average per week. The jobs generated in the five months to date is an ex...

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