The unemployment crisis in South Africa - a lack of skills?

Workers On Wednesday 18 July
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207

For a long time South Africa’s level of unemployment has been critical. Unemployment disproportionately affects black people along the Apartheid era racial classification lines. Over the years the government has come up with several economic policies that promised mass job creation but these have all failed. Some business oriented economists and commentators have blamed the high unemployment on SA’s lack of skills and the education system’s failure to deliver. In today’s show we revisit the unemployment crisis and interrogate the notion of a lack of skills in South Africa.


  • Ivor Baatjes - Director of the Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET), at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth and Chair of the Education Policy Consortium
  • Nhlanhla Ndlovu - Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)



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