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- Non education: this is supported by Development Support Monitor (DSM) report[v] that argues that education remains the one goal that most African countries are likely to attain. however, citizen access to secondary school remains inaccessible to the majority; and that who managed to study there is no jobs for them
- Unemployment: all participants mentioned unemployment as the first problem that affect youth and it was rated as the core centre of all other miserable life that youth go through. They said that being unemployed make them helpless, cannot study and cannot thus far be sure of tomorrow. As one mentioned when you don’t have a job you cannot support yourself nor your family. A youth leader explaining the relationship between unemployment and crime stated that when youth are not working, they tend to do anti-social activities such as prostitution, drugs, drinking and robbery; he applauded the work VPUU is doing in Khayelitsha which has reduced crime in the area. VPUU use urban upgrading work as a tool to fight crime.
- Drugs, crime and gangsters were cited as the main challenges
- Exclusion: youth expressed their dissatisfaction on how the community is not caring as before; they feel that they are left on their own from the family till to the whole community
- Mommy Sugar: A youth leader also mentioned about young male dating older women of age of their parents just because they get financial support from them; an example is of a desperate young male who applied for a job on Gum tree, (a South African website) after few days he was called for an interview that actually become a dangerous trap. He was offered a job to find himself having unsafe sex with his employer to know later on that the woman was a HIV positive.