Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis


What it’s really like to be at school in South Africa

As a country, we have committed to greater access to education for all children. The importance of early childhood education (the first five years of a child’s life) to improve children’s capacity to learn and thrive is now firmly on the national agenda. Even the significance of prenatal care is making inroads in our attempt […]

Posted on 26 Nov 2018

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Introducing: The Human Factor

We are pleased to introduce our new biannual publication called the Human Factor. We believe there are only two ways to improve the world – through technology and through behaviour change. The Human Factor focuses on the latter. What drives people and what dispirits them? What ignites new passion, new ideas, new commitment in people, […]

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Posted on 6 Nov 2018

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Where did the other half go? What is driving school dropout in South Africa?

Most 17 year olds are attending school and will soon write their matric exam, even if not all of them pass. Right?  No! By the time a class of 30 children reaches grade 12, 50% of their peers have already left school without even making it to the grade where their can write matric. This […]

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Posted on 24 Aug 2017

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Five things to think about beyond matric results

Every January the whole country focusses in on a single number: the matric pass rate. For many this number comes to define the state of young people, and we tend to leave the conversation there. But for school-leavers, the matric results are not just the end of one journey, they are the start of a […]

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Posted on 7 Jan 2016

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The South African Child Gauge 2015: Youth – an opportunity to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty

The 10th issue of the South African Child Gauge, focusing on the theme of youth and the intergenerational transmission of poverty, was released last week on the 10th of November [2015] by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute.  It examines the situation of young people aged 15 – 24 and highlights the need for a range of interventions that continue to […]

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Posted on 16 Nov 2015

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The Work Preparation Programme: Facilitating the college to work transition

With the third highest youth unemployment rate in the world at 24.3%, creative solutions are required to enhance the work readiness and skills of school leavers in our country. Increasingly, across Africa as well as in Europe, technical and vocational skills development (TVSD) – or “the acquisition of knowledge, practical competencies, knowhow and attitudes necessary to […]

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Posted on 11 Sep 2015

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What effect has the introduction of the Employment Tax Incentive had on youth employment probabilities in SA?

On 1 January 2014, the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) was introduced to encourage South African employers to hire young and less experienced work seekers.  DGMT took a closer look at this initiative, exploring why it was introduced and how it was being implemented.  More recently, the South Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), based at the University of Cape Town,  explored what effect the […]

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Posted on 9 Dec 2014

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Ideas from South Africa’s youth for addressing key social challenges … where to now?

Recently, the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) put out a call for ideas from young South Africans for addressing the country’s key social challenges. In part, this tactic was influenced by our belief that if we are to develop South Africa’s youth as leaders for public innovation – a process of continuing improvement of programmes, policies, […]

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Posted on 3 Dec 2014

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The Hard Work of Soft Skills: Securing Job Placements for Technical and Vocational Education and Training College Graduates

The Further Education and Training Institute (FETI) recently undertook a study to investigate the links between skills gaps identified by employers and the curriculum offered at some Western Cape Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges, and to design and pilot a programme to strengthen the development of a pathway for college graduates into three identified industries. In this learning […]

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Posted on 11 Sep 2014

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The challenges and lessons learned in securing post-school placements for township-based matrics: Achieving against the odds

Annually the township matriculants participating in the IkamvaYouth programme exceeds all expectations in terms of their matric exam performance and 96% of them have accessed opportunity (educational/employment) within 5 months of matriculating.  But the untold story behind these impressive statistics reflects many challenges, frustrations, obstacles and disappointments inherent in trying to secure post-school placements for […]

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Posted on 7 Oct 2013

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