Following the announcement of matric results last week, President Ramaphosa has congratulated the class of 2023.
While some are pursuing further studies and others are seeking employment, Ramaphosa has urged businesses to hire young people and do away with the work experience requirement.
Writing in his weekly newsletter, President Cyril Ramaphosa said:
“As government we have made the call for businesses to invest in our nation’s future by employing more young people, and, where possible, to do away with the requirement of prior work experience.”
“I encourage companies to use the Employee Tax Incentive to hire more young job-seekers, to make more training and mentorship opportunities available, and to sign up with the Youth Employment Service and other initiatives being rolled out in partnership with government.”
“For the many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who passed matric this year, being given an opportunity to work or to study further is a way out of poverty. Let us give them hope. Let us give them a chance.”
“As a country, we have laid the important groundwork for equitable access to education and ensured that young people are supported to finish school.”
“It is now up to all of society to work together to ensure that every South African, young and old, is lifted out of poverty, given access to decent work and an opportunity to fulfil their true potential.”