The youth of 1976 fought for equality in education and they were victorious. They stood bravely against the then Apartheid government. 39 years later we are still enjoying the benefits of their brave stand.
Today’s youth are faced with their own challenges; youth unemployment being at the very top of the list. Whilst some cave in and crumble under pressure, some are rising above their circumstances, shining as beacons of hope and seizing the opportunities. The BPO industry in South Africa has great opportunities for young people to find employment as the country is becoming a BPO destination of choice for many European countries because of factors such as access to quality education and training facilities.
According to Business Day, the call centre industry in South Africa has been growing by 8% per year since 2003, employing 54 000 people. Young South Africans have opportunities to join this industry, and for those who cannot find employment in his industry there is the opportunity to be entrepreneurial and diversify the services that are offered in South Africa. Entrepreneurship is going to be a big part of the Youth unemployment issue. The South African government also has a strategy to develop new enterprises so as to grow the economy.
The tools are available and the youth should rise to the challenge.
We hope this Youth Day will not only be a time to reflect on what has happened in the past, but also a time for the current day’s youth to unite and change the current economic status.