Fast Facts


South Africa is characterized by high unemployment ( currently at 25%) despite economic growth that has averaged 4% in the last 10 years to 2008. Of interest to Nuffdotty is the high unemployment in the 18-24 year group at 48%. In addition, an estimated 10% of all higher education graduates do not have a job, and this at a time when the country is desperately looking for appropriate skills to maintain current economic growth. 

The issue of graduate unemployment is registering as a major concern for grade 12 learners. As an example, in one of Nuffdotty's learner focused groups conducted in the second half of 2010, a grade 12 respondent stated that he is not interested in studying further because in his experience a post-matric qualification does not guarantee a job anymore! 

Further research highlighted the following facts about "the rainbow nation" as at July 2010: 

  • The country has a young population, with more than 35% of its citizens in the 15-34 year age group.
  • Education takes the largest chunk of government's annual budget at 20% (or just over $20 billion in financial year 2009/2010). This makes the country one of the highest spenders on education in the world.  
  • Despite the high spend above, the unacceptably low rate of literacy and numeracy among adults is un-abating.
  • Demand is growing for skilled work force while it is declining for semi- and un-skilled workforce.

There are two key paradoxes based on the facts above: (a) sustainable economic growth is coupled with high unemployment; and (b) high spend on education is coupled with low rates of literacy and numeracy. Both insights are key to Nuffdotty's business model, whose success depends on its ability to provide integrated information that will ultimately assist in aligning supplied skills with industry demand.


The modern world belongs to the half-educated, a rather difficult class, because they do not realize how little they know.

William R. Inge


Make a Free Website with Yola.