Businesses are claiming from the scheme, but it’s still unclear whether it is having a meaningful effect on youth unemployment.
The youth wage subsidy is a shameless populist attempt at grabbing the youth vote, writes Agang SA's Philip Machanick.
Youth unemployment in South Africa is the third highest in the world, says the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.
Analysts have said the youth wage subsidy, which came into effect on January 1, will only bring short-term relief.
The Employment Tax Incentive Act, known as the youth wage subsidy, has come into effect despite opposition from Cosatu.
Companies may be able to benefit from the Employment Tax Incentive Act from as early as January, after President Jacob Zuma signed the Bill into law.
The Employment Tax Incentive Act has been signed into law by Jacob Zuma and, according to treasury, aims to create jobs for young workers.
The uncertain benefits and costs of the youth employment incentive may mean the Bill does more harm than good, writes Sean Muller.
Parliament has adopted the Employment Tax Incentive, or youth wage Subsidy, Bill.
The DA is a cringe-worthy option for those who fancy themselves informed and sensitive. But it has grown on the most unlikely of people.
Cosatu has rejected claims by Helen Zille that it is keeping people unemployed by influencing government not to implement the youth wage subsidy.
Helen Zille led a rally to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the DA's march for the youth wage subsidy, which resulted in clashes with Cosatu.
The debate over youth wage subsidies has heated up since the ANC decided to support it.
An proposed additional tax on working graduates will be unfair, says the DA Youth.
The ANC and its alliance partner Cosatu have concurred on their approach for the youth wage subsidy, says the ruling party.
The Democratic Alliance has held a picket at the Union Buildings and called on President Jacob Zuma to back the youth wage subsidy.
Ebrahim Patel told Parliament last week that SA has a strategy to deal with the pending crisis. This is an edited version of the speech he gave.