The prosperity and longevity of any society is inextricably linked to the investment it makes in its young people.
If the future is in the hands of the youth, as is popularly repeated, then the kind of environment, opportunities and skills that are extended to them must ensure that they'll be able to realise the high aspirations and ideals of their forebears.
There is every indication that the youth in this country is being failed.
The labour force survey released by Statistics South Africa for the second quarter of 2018 shows a jump in the unemployment rate from 26.7% to 27.2% and it is highest among the youth.
Although an educational qualification does not guarantee employment, it places them in a better position to secure a job.
A comparison between unemployed youth graduates and their adult graduate counterparts shows that the adults fare better.
The labour force survey notes: "The unemployment rate for the youth was 38,8% compared to 17.9% for adults. The unemployment rate for the youth is higher compared to that of adults regardless of educational attainment.
"However, another noticeable fact is that the unemployment rate reduces as the level of education increases.