Ramaphosa declares youth joblessness a ‘national crisis’

June 21, 2019
| Report Focus News
South Africa's newly-minted president Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the National address at the Parliament in Cape Town, on February 16, 2018. The State of the Nation address is an annual mix of political pageantry and policy announcements, but the flagship event was postponed last week as Zuma battled to stay in office. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MIKE HUTCHINGS

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa described the youth unemployment rate of 50% as a national crisis. In his first state of the nation address since the ANC won May’s general election in South Africa,

He pledged to create two million jobs for young people over the next decade.

He listed economic growth, job creation as well as improving education and health as the country’s top priorities.

He also promised to support the country’s struggling electricity utility Eskom.

But Presidnet Ramaphosa dared the country to dream.

He said he wants to build a bullet train and like China construct a new smart city.

The leader of the opposition Mmusi Maimane reacted by saying that the president wants us to dream but when he wakes up he will realise that we live in a nightmare.