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GDP, recession, JSE, rallying rand … these terms mean very little to unemployed South Africans. This is the real picture of our economy

The green shoots of economic recovery mean nothing if they don’t employ society’s most downtrodden, who have had to endure the ignominy of years of unemployment, despite exemplary qualifications and experience. 

Through the economic downturn after the 2008 global meltdown to the strength of the GDP hitting the highest numbers in 2011 and the JSE breaking records in 2017, the trajectory of unemployment numbers has been upwards. 

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Khaya Koko
Khaya Koko is a journalist with a penchant for reading through legal documents braving the ravages of cold court benches to expose the crooked. He writes about social justice and human-interest stories. Most importantly, he is a card-carrying member of the Mighty Orlando Pirates.
Bongekile Macupe
Bongekile Macupe is an education reporter at the Mail & Guardian.

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