State of the Nation  2024

Unemployment among young South Africans is
    a national crisis that demands urgent, innovative and coordinated solutions. Cyril Ramaphosa Unemployment among young South Africans is
    a national crisis that demands urgent, innovative and coordinated solutions.

By the end of the third quarter in 2023, 42% of people between 15 and 34 years of age remained outside of employment, education and training. The Presidential Youth Employment Intervention (PYEI) is South Africa's most comprehensive effort yet to address this crisis. Its goal is to transition young people successfully from learning to earning. To this end, the intervention brings together the strengths of numerous government institutions and social partners to deliver more opportunities for young people. The PYEI integrates with other interventions coordinated by the Project Management Office in the Presidency to drive structural reforms and enable job creation. The Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES) creates meaningful employment and strengthens livelihoods. It was initiated as part of the economic recovery from the effect of COVID-19, but continues to respond to the ongoing crisis of unemployment. PES provides funding for several PYEI components and directly delivers employment opportunities for youth. In turn, the PYEI’s National Pathway Management Network supports the implementation of PES programmes. Operation Vulindlela addresses the structural barriers that hinder businesses in creating more jobs for young people. In summary, the PYEI seeks to coordinate, accelerate and enhance existing programmes while driving innovation and creating pathways to earning for young people at scale.

Jobs Boost

The PYEI is excited to launch the second round of the Innovation Fund.

Eligible organisations are encouraged to click here to submit a proposal.

One network, four components, five sectors

Central to the PYEI's efforts is the establishment of a National Pathway Management Network (NPMN) that ensures that young people successfully transition into opportunities that enable and unlock earning pathways. Other PYEI components include:

National Pathway Management Network

Ensures young people successfully transition into opportunities that unlock earning pathways

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Demand-led Skilling

Developing an agile workforce through demandled skilling approaches and skills.

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Local Ecosystem Enablement

Enabling of local ecosystems to facilitate self-employment and enterprise opportunities.

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Revitalised National Youth Service

Opportunities to gain insights, strengthen skills and increase their employability.

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Achieving more together

The PYEI is delivered through a partnership approach. A Project Management Office (PMO) in the Presidency is responsible for overall coordination and strategic oversight. Key government departments lead implementation, and the private sector, academia, development partners and civil society support the different components. The National Treasury allocates funding for PYEI activities. This includes dedicated funding for innovative approaches in key PYEI elements such as the NPMN. In addition, the PYEI improves the alignment of sustainably funded activities across departments (such as those for skills development) to achieve more with existing resources.

Youth Working

PYEI Results and Statistics

(1 April 2020 to 31 March 2024)

National Pathway Management Network

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