Jobs emergency: Current situation set to remain

For millions of South Africans, being unemployed has become the new normal. Black South Africans are the hardest hit with their unemployment rate being the worst since 1994. Economists have predicted that the current job crisis will remain for the next five years. eNCA's Ronald Masinda reports. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Black South Africans are the hardest hit with their unemployment rate being the worst since 1994.

Economists predict the current job crisis will remain for the next five years.

More than 11 million South Africans are currently without jobs and it's feared that the jobs bloodbath may worsen beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nancy Qina said she has been applying for jobs but is still waiting for responses.

It's the grim reality millions of unemployed South Africans are facing.

Qina lost her job working at a guesthouse. She is now selling fast food but is still struggling to make ends meet. 

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Financial economics expert Professor Sean Gossel predicts more doom and gloom for the country's job sector if nothing changes.

"Even if there are more jobs created globally, South Africa is not placed to take advantage of those jobs because our education system is so outmoded and so outdated we are not producing workers for fourth industrial revolution environments."

* eNCA's Ronald Masinda spoke with South Africans whose lives have been turned upside down in the last few months.

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eNCA