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According to the Bloomberg report, South Africa, Namibia and Nigeria have the highest unemployment rates in the world. South Africa has the highest unemployment rate on a global list of 82 countries as the jobless rate increased to 34.4 per cent in Q2 2021.
Namibia ranks second behind South Africa with the unemployment rate at 33.4 per cent, while Nigeria ranks third highest with the unemployment rate at 33.3 per cent.
Unemployment is a global crisis, and the devastating impact of the coronavirus has had a severe impact on the growth of the economy. How do young people then approach the world of work in a lagging economy?
A call to rescue young Africans from unemployment
Every morning the livelihoods of many is determined by the outcome of an email. The “we regret to inform you” or “it is unfortunate that your application was unsuccessful this time”. The outcome of these emails either drive young people to sought for employment or rather end the search. The journey to enter the labour market is emotionally and psychologically exhausting.
The mental stamina that is used on this journey is overwhelming. The numerous prayers that are rendered are heartfelt. The loss of hope is distressing. Depression and anxiety are claiming unemployed young people daily.
Could this be the appropriate time to usher young people into the creative industries?
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