Youth optimism declining - survey

2012-10-03 17:13

Johannesburg - The optimism of South African youth for the country's future is waning, according to the results of a survey released by Pondering Panda on Wednesday.

"Youth optimism is hanging on by a thread," spokesperson Butch Rice said in a statement.

The findings of the survey, of 9 727 respondents aged 15 to 34, indicated a 3% decline in positivity when compared with responses gathered in July. A slim majority of 51% felt that South Africa would be a better place to live in in 10 years.

"In the wake of the Marikana miners' strike, labour unrest and government inaction, South Africa's youth are losing hope in the future of this country."

Men were more likely to feel optimistic about the country's future, at 55%, compared to 47% of women.

There were also significant differences in the responses of the various racial groups.

Fifty-eight percent of black respondents feel the country will be a better place in a decade, while only 42% of coloureds and a third of whites feel that way.

Indians were the least likely to feel hopeful, with just over a quarter feeling optimistic about their future.

"This should be of serious concern to the government, as it implies that many young people may be looking for a future outside South Africa," Rice said.

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  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-10-03 17:35

    This country is heading one way....down.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-04 01:57

      I agree the place is vrot and its just getting worse. Too many dummies in town lately and jesus do they stink sometimes. Jeeez no wonder/ geen wonder die honde blaf so baie in Suid-Afrika nie.

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-03 17:35

    Nothing to do with this, but a friend just posted on fb Modderfontien rd closed @ esllen park. Truck on fire Avoid R25 towards birchleigh kempton park strikers burning down cars and trucks!! Strikers are gathering under R59 bridge already just before swartkoppies off ramp travelling towards Alberton-About 20 of them-Old vereeniging rd alrode. Also gatherings M2 at Grayston. Cars being stoned. 14 cars set alight. Cars piled up in accident to avoid attacking strikers. Motorists fleeing on foot. Metro officers retreated as large group approached them. Metro SAPS stoned as there is a large group that has been moving. Be wary and safe Avoid Van buuren bridge bedfordview towards Eastgate and Denver bridge towards Jhb central strikers are throwing rocks and bottles at motor vehicles passing!!

  • sewsexy - 2012-10-03 17:45

    It is not only the youth that are losing hope !!!!

  • lourens.v.zyl - 2012-10-03 17:49

    "This should be of serious concern to the government, as it implies that many young people may be looking for a future outside South Africa," Yip, that is why I, a young 33 year old newly qualified medical specialist, have moved to Australia. My wife of 30 years is a dentist. Highly qualified individuals forever lost to South Africa. We will never come back again. We won't pay a single cent of tax to the ANC ever again. And our children will never ever have to feel the brunt of AA/BEE. I'm already in heaven!

      ike.jakson - 2012-10-03 20:02

      And that’s why our daughter aged 38 left here the month after she had finished her Zuma year and is now a medical specialist in child trauma with an extension in Emergency medicine; why she is England and a British citizen. Great numbers [they say about one third] of her class of 1998 are now doctors in England and Australia.

      richard.amblersmith - 2012-10-04 09:33

      I am glad you have moved out after you have scrounged a sponsored education .South Africa does not need your type of mentality any way You are no loss to this country.

  • husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-03 18:05

    I wonder why?? ANC incompetence maybe? Yessss.

  • bongile.langa - 2012-10-03 18:07

    i truly think that our government should start taking these responses seriously otherwise for many, like myself, who still wish to invest in their future then South Africa, my home country won't have much support as it seems*concerned!*

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-03 21:44

      You have wisdom beyond your years - most of those seeking to enrich themselves, at the expense of the future of the generations to follow, will not be the ones having to make life out of left-over scraps. Ask yourself, if you were given a choice today, would you choose to life the rest of your life in a middle-class family in 'Upstate New York' or in a shanty-town in Harare Zimbabwe (ie middle-class in Zim) - what would you choose..? Then only you decide who you want to vote for in the next elections.

  • corne.dunn - 2012-10-03 18:09

    No surprise there.. Maybe if there were actually more opportunities for the youth (read: youth wage subsidy), the stats would look a bit different?

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-03 18:25

    They will loose faith as all the economical unachievable Pie in the Sky handouts and riches which was promised to them by a very irresponsible leadership for their vote has not materialized. They in turn naive enough to believe it would happen

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-03 18:44

    South Africa has everything in resources and infrastructure to be able to have a positive future for the youth,more than most other countries.The lack of optimism is not due to anything other then corruption and a mess in the education system.

  • Johannes Mogashoa - 2012-10-03 19:27

    How can you expect them to have a hope if don't have jobs and the corruption is rife...

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-03 20:52

    I will chalenge anyone to prove to me that ANYONE in the government has ever logged on here to get an idea what the nation thinks of them.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-03 21:13

    A rich country made poor by elitism, corruption, greed and waste. Every day another chapter in the saga. Everybody can see what the anc is doing. The same again is nothing to look forward to.

  • Nathan - 2012-10-03 22:36

    I have always had the utmost faith in this country and I love south africa.. unfortunately the rest of my extended family doesnt agree.. 2 in europe, 4 in australia, 4 in the US, and ive almost finalised the process to go to OZ... time to say good bye i guess.. My business is 9 months old.. I LOVE what I do .. Cant wait to start it all up in Oz and employ 12 Aussies.. sorry for the 12 blacks I employ here... They know Im planning to leave, gotta hear them begging me not to go... LOL.. I just say.... "ask Zuma for a job, the whites aren't welcome here "... hasta la vista baby... bring on the future in a first world country... with first world logic..

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-04 06:11

      Nice move GO you won't be missed at all! Good luck in Oz, hope you won't come back to this useless country!

      seniorpastor.chonco - 2012-10-04 07:57

      The major problem of this country is racism.It will be good if your movement is not motivated by hatred of blacks because I cannot understand why are you involving Zuma in this challenge we are facing.We are aware of people who benefited during apartheid and are now crying like babies wanting us to protect their evil fortunes they inherited during their evil years of oppression.I don't think it's wise to leave your house because rain is getting in but you fix the problem and continue staying in your house.Uhambe kahle siyobonana ezulwini.

  • Simphiwe - 2012-10-04 05:06

    Shower-Man is ruining this country. This is made worse when there is a campaign for the 2nd term. We choose poverty ourselves by continuing to boost(with our votes) a party that has a rich history but elect corrupt avaricous leaders.

      seniorpastor.chonco - 2012-10-04 07:00

      I don't think the problems of this country can be put on the head of an individual.Our youth is involved in alcohol ,sex and drugs.They do these things 24/7.They started longtime ago.This behavior is as old as our democracy.Where is shower when they drink?Where is shower when they rape old grandmothers.I think we need to broaden our scope and to avoid being driven by hatred.Let us deal with problem.Maybe if we can look at family setups where fatherhood is lacking.Parents have lost authority.Children do as they wish.If they feel like insulting adults they do it freely.Can we blame shower.This will not be solved by politics but by a thorough soul searching which has not been influenced by hatred.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-04 06:04

    With the media as ours there is nothing surprising! Your negative reporting is a kill joy, from SA media's position there is nothing positive happening in SA, be patriotic for once. Watch CNN or BBC at least 30% of their reporting is positive and they are patriotic as well. I remember how our own media used to demonise SA, saying we were not capable of hosting the world cup with etv going as much as interviewing a would be 2010 murderer, telling the whole world he will be killing people during the world cup. I encourage the youth to read wide, educate yourself and don't just swallow everything the media, there is a good future out there if you work hard!

  • seniorpastor.chonco - 2012-10-04 07:26

    This problem is as old as our democracy in S.A.Our families has lost fatherhood.Parents are working others are dying others are already dead because of Aids-related illness.Families are left on the hands of children to look after other children.This is about mentoring.This has led to our youth engaging in all sort of bad things like alcohol, sex and drugs 24/7.Once we into this problem politically we will miss the point.This has to do with socio-economic realities of life.To solve this problem I strongly believe religious leaders can also play a leading role.No politics here.

  • pt.nkhi - 2012-10-04 09:39

    therz nothing wrong with our country, we\r\njust put too much faith in our leaderz and\r\nless on ourselves individually. I challenge you,\r\nif you have a problem go out and find wayz\r\nto solve it urself lead urself, and stay out of\r\nthe system used to make you a blind\r\nfollower, if u do thiz en ur friend doez it, the\r\nworld will be better. JZ and all other\r\nleaderz have ur weaknesez as do I, why\r\nexpect them to solve ur problemz?\r\nanswer:because u elected them and they\r\nindirectly promized, the thing is they need\r\nur election so they can solve their problem,\r\nhence the change of their lifestylez...\r\nDA, wont solve our problemz, leaving iz an\r\nother option, but if we as youth create a\r\nplatform were we can engage with one\r\nanother in this country and show our elderz\r\nthat this country is ourz, and it will be run in\r\na way that benefit we the youth and\r\nfuture to be, things may just change for the\r\nbetter sooner…

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