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Last updated: 16 June 2016

FAWU Statement On Youth Day

16 June 2016

The Food and Allied Workers` Union (F.A.W.U.) wishes the youth of South Africa a fruitful Youth Day on 16 June 2016 and hope that they participate in youth activities held all over the country. Truth be told, the current situation reflects a bleak outlook as a result of the many hardships our youth is finding themselves in.

With the country`s youth unemployment rate regarded as one of the highest in the world equal, quality and free education remains a pipe dream some 22 years after the country`s first democratic election. This was evident in protests across the country`s universities the previous year. Many young men and women who have been fortunate enough to acquire tertiary education still find themselves jobless because they can`t find decent jobs despite having qualifications.

In many parts across the country, some young people find themselves involved in gangsterism, drug addictions and other illegal activities as a result of lack of opportunities to further their tertiary education, lack of skills development and safe learning environments or even, just to find decent jobs. Our youth needs skills, they need hope and motivation. They need people to believe in them so that they can carry forward the dream that was started in June 1976.

Government and the private sector should provide the youth with opportunities by funding more youth organisations to enable them to do their work to uplift youth in impoverished communities. These poor youngsters need to acquire life skills, job skills and be encouraged to become entrepeneurs which will, ultimately, boost economic growth in the country which is so desperately needed.

The present realities paint a negative picture and positive, radical change is needed to overturn this. In this regard, we look forward to government`s interventions in making higher education more accessible. We encourage all South Africans to invest in the youth of today in order to guarantee a brighter future for coming generations.

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