Africa Is a Youthful Continent - We Need a New Generation of Young Leaders

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Much more needs to be done to engage young people on the challenges South Africa and the continent face and how best they can contribute towards making the 'face of leadership' more inclusive.

A new report by the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), has highlighted the urgency for the South African government to take the rising unemployment statistics in the country seriously. As it stands, the number of people who were looking for employment between 2008 and 2019, but could not find any work, increased from 6.5 million to 10.3 million.

The reality for young people in South Africa aged 15 to 34 is even more dire. The report indicates that between 2008 and 2019, the number of young people increased by 2.2 million, yet the number of those employed fell by more than 500,000. In a country where the youth make up almost a third of the population, this is most concerning.

Beyond this, there is something else that requires further scrutiny: Africa's youth population (aged 15-24) was reported in 2015 to be 226 million - making up one-fifth of the global youth population - but why are its leaders old? The continent's growing youth demographic has nothing...

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