Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis


Creating jobs and improving education at the same time

There’s a wonderful book by Dr Seuss that all parents should read to their children. It’s called Oh, the Places you’ll Go, written for young people as they set off on life’s exciting journey towards success (“98 and ¾ per cent guaranteed”!). But it’s not all breathlessly gung-ho. The book acknowledges that there are amazing […]

Posted on 8 Feb 2019

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David, Goliath and half a gig of data

With a third of young South Africans marginalised from work, training and employment opportunities – there are over 8 million young people itching for opportunity. As Shakira Maharaj points out, young people are ready to make the most of what they get.  This past weekend was a big one for South Africa – the last […]

Posted on 4 Feb 2019

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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 […]

Posted on 15 Mar 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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