While it should be appreciated that the government has placed education as a priority within the budget, it is still our deep feeling that greater action is required. The Minister talks at length about the huge employment drive wherein companies will be reimbursed via the tax system if they employ inexperienced young people – he boldly estimates that 800 000 young people stand to benefit in this way. This is highly commendable.
Some COPE youth structures are rebelling against the decision by the party's national leadership to suspend the party's controversial youth leader, Anele Mda.
Several provinces, including Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, have written to COPE's general secretary, Charlotte Lobe, questioning the decision by the party's central working committee to suspend Mda from the leadership structures of the organisation.
The country's youth continue to be extremely vulnerable to violence and crime.
This is according to a second National Youth Victimisation study conducted by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention.
More than 4 000 young people between the ages of 12 and 22 were interviewed as part of the study.
The results showed that 27% of young South Africans had fallen prey to crime between February 2007 and February 2008.
A direct link between victimisation at a young age and later becoming an offender was also identified.
The New Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has outlined its key performance areas aimed at addressing challenges faced by the country’s youth.
NYDA chairperson, Andile Lungisa, who also announced that the agency will set up its offices in every municipality in the next three years, says that, “We are also pushing for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to increase its budget allocation for the youth in rural areas.”