“Due to the pandemic, the unemployment rate for young people aged 15-34 has reached a high of 46.3 percent,” reports Laurian Kleinhans, who coordinates KOLPING training courses in Cape Town.
“Because of travel restrictions, our tourism and hospitality industry has been hit the hardest and is still not fully functional. Many of our culinary and hospitality graduates are now out of work and are trying to start their own businesses from home. We stand by the former students and encourage them not to lose hope.”
A new KOLPING training course has now started in the township of Tafelsig near Cape Town, with 35 unemployed young people taking part.