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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has provided parliament with a report on the progress of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI). It details how they approach the fourth phase of the programme by using the lessons learned during the first three phases of the programme.


The department revealed that in Phase 2 of the PYEI, 93% of the budget was spent. This was an increase from Phase 1 where 80% of the budget allocated for the programme was spent. They indicated that plans are in place to use unspent funds from Phase 3 for February-March 2024.

Phase 3 placement had a national total of 34.3% males and 65.7% females. This is critical as recent data from Statistics South Africa indicate that the country’s labour market is more favourable to men.

In the second quarter of 2024, the unemployment rate for women is 35,5% compared to 32,6% for men. In South Africa, the labour force participation rate for women is 53,0% as compared to 64,4% for men, a gap of 11,4 percentage points.

The DBE added that youth who participated in the first three phases of the PYEI have expressed gratitude for the employment opportunity. They all received certificates of participation and other achievements in the programme.

Applications for phase four of the teaching assistant jobs will open on 26 September 2024. However, youth are already able to visit the website which will allow them to gather all the relevant information needed when applying.


Youth between the ages of 18 and 34 will be able to register on the SAYouth.Mobi online recruitment system for the positions. The website is free to use and does not require any data.

The DBE added that there will be a heavy focus on placing assistants at no-fee schools in the country during Phase 4. Teaching assistants who previously participated in the initiative believes that initiative will be beneficial to youth who choose to be part of the programme.


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