The unemployment rate of South African youth aged between 15-34 increased to 39.3 percent in the second quarter of 2018 according to Stats SA (PDF), meaning there is a lot of youth who are looking for jobs.

The government is trying to do its part in increasing digital skills for the youth of the country, earlier this week the national assembly unanimously agreed to give the iKamva e-skills institute (iNeSI) Bill (PDF) the go ahead.

This bill will address the problem of youth unemployment in South Africa as well as train the youth in digital skills which is said to be crucial for ensuring economic development of the country.

The iNeSI bill seeks to integrate three e-skills development related components: the National Electronic Media of South Africa (Nemisa), the e-Skills institute (e-Si) and the Institute for space and Software Applications (ISSA).

“This pioneering Bill responds directly to efforts by the South African government to ensure that youth are employable and equipped with digital skills for the fourth industrial revolution,” said minister of communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams told SA News.

The government says the Bill seeks to promote the use of information, communication and technology, and also improve the iKamva National e-Skills institute and set out its objectives and functions.

The Bill is intended to strengthen Nemisa by bringing in a component responsible for the development of e-skills in the department.

According to the government the digital skills capacity development initiatives will cover the total spectrum, from basic to high-end expertise that will build an inclusive economy and a capable development state.

“The institute will act as a national catalytic collaborator and change agent for the development of digital skills and organisational capacity in the country. The digital skills capacity development initiatives will cover the total spectrum, from basic to high-end expertise that will build an inclusive economy and a capable developmental state,” concludes Ndabeni-Abrahams.

[Source – SA News]

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