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Youth Employment Key Theme Of Trialogue Business In Society Virtual Conference

By Staff Writer

Youth unemployment was estimated at 56% before Covid-19, and the pandemic has worsened the crisis, with some recent reports putting the figure at 70%. Given this context, how should further education and training prepare our youth to grow our economy, how can all sectors best support young entrepreneurs to compete in a disruptor economy, and what kind of innovation is needed for job creation at scale?

These will be key discussion points on the first day of the highly-anticipated Trialogue Business in Society Virtual Conference (13-14 October).

Speakers on the topic will represent the National Business Initiative, Department of Higher Education and Training, YES4Youth, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Centre for Development and Enterprise and many more organisations.

Participants will include:

  • Ann Bernstein is the founder and executive director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa’s leading development think tank focusing on inclusive economic growth and democratic consolidation.
  • Tashmia Ismail-Saville is the CEO of the Youth Employment Service, a joint initiative between business, labour and government.
  • Sabelo Buthelezi is the chief director of special projects in the Department of Higher Education and Training.
  • Dr Anthony Gewer, Programme Manager of Social Transformation at the National Business Initiative (NBI), is leading its Installation, Repair and Maintenance Initiative.
  • Dr Fidelis Hove is a team leader in the project management office of the South African National Treasury’s R9-billion Jobs Fund.
  • Kuben Nair is the chief brand officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator.
  • Onyi Nwaneri is CEO of Afrika Tikkun Service, a recruitment, placement and training company.
  • S’onqoba (Maseko) Vuba, a BScHons Actuarial Science graduate from Wits University, is a speaker and facilitator.

Says Nick Rockey, MD Trialogue: “Despite many public and private sector initiatives, youth unemployment continues to soar. We will focus on topics ranging from the policy environment, to how corporates can support skills development, entrepreneurship and job creation. We need to leverage the many cross-sector partnerships that address the barriers keeping young people out of work.”

The cost for a full virtual two-day conference experience is R3 500 excluding VAT, or R875 excluding VAT per three-hour session (one full morning or afternoon). Group discounts are available for three to five delegates, at 7.5%. Six or more delegates will be discounted by 10%. Email or call 021 671 1640.

View the two-day programme here.


Trialogue is a 51% black-owned company and the Southern Africa Local Authority for a global network of responsible business and social development-focused organisations, called the Global Exchange, overseen by the US-based CECP: Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose. Trialogue has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg and shares its knowledge through its annual conference and handbook, digital platform (, training programmes and webinars. It also offers corporate social investment and sustainability consulting and reporting services.

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