South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently claimed that the country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world and that young people make up the majority of the unemployed. Both these claims are correct.
Since 2014, various people have claimed that 7 million girls in South Africa are missing school every month because they don’t have access to or money for sanitary products. But there were only 6.3 million girls in school from pre-grade R to grade 12 at last count.
Ahead of the country’s national Youth Day, held each year on 16 June, the South African government has approved a new National Youth Policy. We took a look at some of its key claims about unemployment and education. This is the first of two reports.