The initiative was launched last year by then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. This year, President Ramaphosa committed the government to work with the private sector to fight youth unemployment.

The Jobs Summit Initiative’s Stefan Lauber says there has been an agreement with members of the ITA that they hire unskilled young people who will then be trained.

“We’ve come up with an initiative called Each One Hire One. The small companies will take in a learner to work alongside them because they need skilled people.”

He says companies are coming together to come up with new approaches to create 100,000 jobs.

Click Media Productions CEO Christian Chris Kazadi spoke on youth job creation through through Digital Marketing.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Sello Hatang attended the conference, saying that in creating jobs the youth should be trained to use technology so that they fit in well in the developing world.

Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy also spoke at the conference.

Creecy said her budget aims to provide 3,000 government institutions with broadband supporting services at all provincial entities. She added her budget of R1.3 billion this financial year will boost e-services and help with service delivery.