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COMMUNITY

The action is being implemented through a network of Youth Clubs scattered across the target townships and coordinated through 4 project centers. Three of the centers are in Westrand (Munsieville, Simunye, and Kagiso project centers) and one in Kwazulu Natal (Durban-Motala project center).

 Young people constitute 37.4% of South Africa‚Äôs population  and of the 15 South African million youth, 7.3 million are not economically active and 3.1 million are unemployed. 20% of youth lived in the 1st targeted province of Gauteng and 21% in the 2nd targeted province of KwaZulu-Natal. Labour force participation rate is lowest for black youth (47,8%) followed by Indian (59,0%), white (63,6%) and coloured youth (64,4%). Women in particular are highly affected by unemployment: 49.6% of all young females are unemployed as opposed to 33,0% of young men. The per capita GDP in Gauteng (the first of 2 targeted provinces) is higher than the national average and the poverty rate of 25.8% is significantly lower than the national average. Yet one-fifth of the populations in the targeted areas of West Rand live in poverty. The second targeted province, KwaZulu-Natal, is facing decreasing employment, low income, and high poverty and inequality levels. The total unemployment rate is 29.24%. The targeted area of Durban is ethnically diverse, with the Zulu ethnic group forming the largest group. Durban has an extremely high rate of HIV/AIDS at 32%.

 

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