Zuma vows to tackle youth unemployment

President Jacob Zuma says government will strengthen its responsibility towards the country's youth.

President Jacob Zuma and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Louise Mcauliffe/EWN.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday said government would strengthen its responsibility towards the country's youth as it works to tackle unemployment.

Zuma was speaking at a Youth Day event in Pretoria.

He was accompanied by his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa and other cabinet ministers under the theme 'Youth Moving South Africa Forward'.

The president said organisations like the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) were working to ensure young South Africans are better prepared for their futures.

"The NYDA also runs the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund and has dispersed more than R40 million."

As South Africa's economy struggles to grow Zuma said there was a greater need for entrepreneurship among the youth.

The president also officially launched the Mara Mentor online programme, which aims to connect aspiring entrepreneurs with relevant industry leaders.

He urged young people to share their thoughts and solutions with the country's leaders.