The past month has served as a welcome celebration of the passion, potential and drive of our nation’s youth and their incredible contributions to our country. Yet, as Youth Month draws to a close, we cannot afford to allow this spirit of celebration to overshadow a harsh truth: our youth are in crisis.

Consider that nearly two-thirds of all South Africans are below the age of 34. However, the latest Stats SA figures reveal that a staggering 45.5% of youth are unemployed. That’s one in every two people between the ages of 15 and 34...

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