UKZN Academic’s Paper Tackles Youth Unemployment
The first academic paper by development lecturer at the Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L), Ms Vuyokazi Mtembu, was published in the latest SA Journal of Human Resource Management.
The paper examines the important issue of youth unemployment and the need for a comprehensive strategy to create more jobs for young people. It also delves into the perceptions of unemployed South African youth and employers on the proposed youth wage subsidy incentive scheme.
‘The paper was part of my research for my masters in 2012/ 2013,’ said Mtembu. ‘I completed it without any training in academic writing, just the guidance and support of my masters supervisor Dr Logan Govender, who is also the paper’s co-author.
‘I decided to embark on researching the topic of unemployment because it is one of the triple challenges facing South Africa – the others being poverty and inequality. I concentrated on unemployment among the youth which is very high in the country.’
Before becoming an academic at the GSB&L in 2014, Mtembu was employed as a Senior Training Officer, in the Office of the Premier: KwaZulu-Natal. As well as developing her academic career in teaching, Mtembu is studying towards her PhD.
‘My PhD topic is still under construction but it will look at issues around Green HRM and Green Institutions.
‘Having this paper published is exciting milestone and has motivated me to work on more papers for publication,’ added Mtembu.