Only four out of every 10 adults have jobs compared to a global norm of about six in 10. If South Africa's employment rate was more like that of the rest of the world, six million more people would have jobs.
A total of 42 000 new formal jobs were created in the fourth quarter last year outside the agricultural sector.
The figures released by Statistics South Africa (STATS SA) put the number of employed individuals at almost nine million.
The stats indicates that South Africa is still moving at a snail's pace in creating new jobs adding that majority of the jobs are not sustainable.
The new ministry of small business development is aimed at achieving objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP), among others job creation, expanded black ownership and transformation.
The ministry is backed up by the latest national budget that outlines numerous plans to stimulate development of the small and medium enterprises (SME) sector.
South Africans want President Jacob Zuma to focus on job creation in his State of the Nation Address.
According to a survey conducted by Ipsos, 90 percent of respondents believe unemployment is serious and need to be dealt with urgently.
Sixty-one percent of the people questioned felt the government is not doing well in reducing unemployment by creating jobs, while 61 percent of the people feel the government is not doing well in reducing unemployment by creating jobs.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member, Vusi Mavuso, says that the SABC Foundation is working to create study and job opportunities for the youth.
Mavuso says that the Foundation creates bursary opportunities for students who intend to further their studies and are financially needy.
Mavuso highlights that as the country commemorates Youth Day, it is important to ensure that the youth gets access to education.
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) says that its role is to create coordination in matters of youth development and initiate programmes aimed at poverty alleviation and job creation.
NYDA chairperson, Yershen Pillay, points out that since its inception in 2009, the agency helps in linking policy and legislative change with the development of products, programmes and services and implementation thereof.
Hand in Hand, Southern Africa (HIHSA) is a NGO with a vision of reducing poverty through job creation. HIHSA implements a unique Self Help Group (SHG) model enabling beneficiaries to start, run and grow their own income generating activities into sustainable enterprises that create jobs.
HIHSA seeks to appoint a Project Officer, based in Tzaneen, Limpopo Province.
The Project Officer will report to the Provincial Manager.
Jacob Zuma - at the Presidential Indaba on Youth Jobs and Skills - announced that the youth employment has grown and emphasises the importance of investing in the youth.
Zuma states that youth employment has vastly increased since the adoption of the Youth Employment Accord.
He adds that, "420 000 new jobs have been created… mainly in construction linked to our National Infrastructure Plan, the trade sector, government programmes, business services, transport and communication."
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says a weak recovery from the 2008 global economic downturn has curtailed job growth around the world.
The Geneva-based agency says that nearly 202 million workers were unemployed in 2013, up five million from the year before.
It further says youth unemployment is a particular problem, with more than 74 million people aged 15 to 24 out of work in 2013, adding that the youth employment rate is more than 13 percent, more than twice the overall global jobless rate.
The Tshwane Barekisi Forum has urged the government to take a decisive action against the Metro police officer who allegedly shot and killed an informal trader this month.
The Tshwane Barekisi Forum also called for the release of four informal traders accused of public violence committed in the incident.