Neels Blom Writer at large

Youth, as they say, is wasted on the young. Instead of putting their young and healthy backs into fruitful labour, that is left to cranky old people with lumbago and Prozac-addled brains. It is a shame, really. After a lifetime of stuffing up the economy and their social relations, the blue-rinse brigades have earned the right to enjoy their decrepitude by going fishing. Instead, they are now expected to get off their cellulite-dimpled backsides and think of a solution to SA’s youth crisis — and be quick about it. It is hardly necessary to elaborate on the youth crisis. Of the country’s estimated 20-million people aged between 15 and 24, approximately 7-million are Neets — young people not in employment, education or training — a sanitised description invented in the mother of nanny states, the UK, for people on the threshold of a life of crime or begging or both. As things are with the economy, helped along by the perennial trouble at Eskom, old folks may wonder what the point of c...

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