South Africa faces a high youth unemployment rate that is projected to persist well into the future. Demand-side factors include slow economic growth and structural changes in the economy while supply-side factors include an upsurge in youth work-seekers, inadequate information, resource constraints, insufficient skills and job market experience for the youth. This policy brief presents several labour market interventions, derived from local and international experience, that aim to improve youth employment outcomes
in both the formal and informal sector. Policy makers must urgently consider all possible options to prevent the threat of a generation of long term unemployed youth that would have undesirable consequences for society. A key policy implication is the need to incorporate an evaluation framework in existing and planned policy interventions in order to accurately gauge impact.