'EC, Limpopo should create more job opportunities for youth'

Stats SA says Gauteng receives the largest proportion of youth seeking education and economic opportunities.

Statistician General Pali Lehohla. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says provinces including the Eastern Cape and Limpopo need to start creating opportunities for the youth so that they don't lose young people to other provinces.

A report was released earlier today, analysing the socio-economic and demographic profile of the youth in the country, focusing on various aspects including employment, education and access to housing and other basic services.

The organisation says between 2009 and 2014, Gauteng is the province that received the largest proportion of youths, from provinces including Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Free State.

The Western Cape received youths from the Eastern and Northern Cape.

Stats SA's Pali Lehohla says "I think what needs to be done is to weave an intelligent system that allows for optimisation of that movement, that yields better life outcomes for whoever where the youth moves."

Lehohla attributed the moves to these two provinces to young people wanting to better their lives by seeking opportunities through better higher education and employment.