"Young graduates have an unemployment rate of 11.9%, which is more than two times higher than that of their adult counterparts at 4.4%."
More concerning is the high number of young people who are not in employment, education or training who make up 39.3% of young people aged 15-34 years.
Even with the attainment of free higher education, which ideally should result in more young people accessing higher qualifications, the reality is that many young people are facing social pressures that prevent them from having the linear path to success.
High youth unemployment cannot be taken apart from the high school dropout rate. The trend in the 24 years of democracy has been that only half of the pupils who start grade 1 at a given point reach matric.
Even when you look at those who opt to take the school leaver's certificate at grade 9, the picture does not change. Most young people are not dropping out to pursue further training at the country's further education and training colleges or as artisans.
Young people are cutting their education short due to socioeconomic pressures such as having to find work to help support their families, being from child-headed households and other social ills like teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse.
Some find school difficult due to not having parental and social support that can assist them when they struggle academically.
In the context of an economy that has stagnated, growing at under 1% in recent history, and the shrinkage of labour absorptive sectors such as manufacturing, mining and agriculture, the prospects of these school dropouts are bleak.