We are sitting on a time bomb!

In South Africa, 1 261 827 pupils started Grade One in 2002 – of these, 562 112 pupils wrote the matric exams in 2013. This means that although 439 572 young people passed matric – 78.2% of the students writing the matric exam – only 35% of young people that started their schooling in 2002 passed matric. Of the 2002 schooling cohort, 822 255 young people entered the job market without a matric qualification. No wonder that South Africa has the worst unemployment rate of all the G20 countries. We need to empower and capacitate! We need to inspire! We need to rekindle dreams! We need serious change!