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Issue #3   Jul 2019
It's the 1st of July and a Monday, so it's time for another data@mediahack newsletter. In this month's newsletter we've got two new visualisations we made. One is an analysis of President Cyril Ramaphosa's June State of the Nation address. The other is a short visual story on unemployment in South Africa. If you look at the unemployment statistics it's unsurprising that youth unemployment was the topic President Ramaphosa spoke the most about during his Parliamentary address. 

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The frightening reality of youth unemployment

Youth unemployment is a major problem. Just over half (53%) of South Africa's labour force is under the age of 35 – that's 20.3 million people (aged 15 to 34). About one in three, or 6 million, of these young people are employed, and 4-million are unemployed, according to StatsSA's latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the first quarter of 2019.

But unemployment is not only a problem for young people, many companies are retrenching

We've made a visual story to show the state of unemployment in South Africa. (Click on the image below to view the full interactive version)

In President Cyril Ramaphosa's state of the nation address on June 20, youth unemployment was a key topic. One of his goals for the next 10 years is to have "2-million more young people in employment".  See our Sona 2019 vuvuzela visualization. (Click on the image below to view the full interactive version)

If this goal is reached, by 2029, 8 million young people would be employed – if the president is using the StatsSA numbers as his measure of employment, that is. This would be no mean feat given that 10 years ago, in 2009, there were 6.3 million employed young people, roughly 300,000 more than there are now

The latest numbers estimate that about half of SA's young people (10.4-million) are classified as not economically active. Six-million of these are scholars or students – the majority of whom (4 million) are under the age of 20.

But also in the not economically active category are 1.9 million "discouraged work-seekers", these are people who have effectively given up looking for a job and they are no longer even classified as unemployed. Two-thirds of these discouraged people (1.3-million) are in their 20s. Add these to the discouraged young people to the unemployed and you get 5.9-million people, roughly the same number as those who're employed.

Making a difference

Many young people have never had a real job, only occasional paid gigs. Sbu Manentsa, Kgololo Lekoma, Lethabo Sekhu, three young entrepreneurs, have decided to do something to help people young people in the creative industry find work.

"A lot of my peers and friends are doing really good work, but not getting recognition for it," said Manentsa. Getting recognition for work you've done for a reputable company is what gets you the next gig in this space," he said.

"We decided to create a place where young creative talent can showcase their skills and where companies can find reliable people who are doing really good work." That place is Credipple*, so if you need a graphic designer, a photographer, a videographer, or a social media expert, for example, Credipple has a database of 500 young creative talent.

"We may not be giving them permanent employment, but at least they can earn some income while they look for permanent employment, if that's what they're looking for," said Manentsa.

*Credipple is part of the Jamlab Media Accelerator programme. 

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