Concern over disproportionate youth unemployment figures

Buti Manamela says a report by Stats SA on youth unemployment trends tells a disturbing story.

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela says Statistics South Africa's report on youth employment trends over the last 20 years tells a disturbing story, as it suggests there is a generation of black people who have lost out on acquiring skills.

The report shows that only 17,9 percent of black people are in skilled employment compared to over 61 percent of whites.

Manamela says this report shows that while it appears a generation of black Africans lost out during the last 20 years, white and Indian people made major inroads in acquiring skills.

He says it appears this is a generational challenge and needs a long-term solution.

Manamela says government will increase its efforts to make schools work particularly for black children.

He argues that the report shows concerning patterns.

"The patterns of employment, job retention and skills development is worrying."

Meanwhile, the Black Business Council's Sandile Zungu says this is all about the quality of education for black people.

Zungu adds that workers need to be linked up with further education and training institutions.

"So people who are already employed can find a way of acquiring further knowledge without losing their position in the employment space."

He says this shows how education is failing young people.