Many countries in Africa are experiencing tremendous human migration both internally and across international boundaries. Rural-urban migration has assumed uncontrollable dimensions in the sub-region and the social consequences have become major development challenge.
Mining communities in general have been at the receiving end for some time now. Our next discussion focuses on challenges and benefit of youth in Mining areas in Africa. We will be exploring the tremendous socioeconomic changes, especially demographic patterns as a result of the inflows of migrants into Townships and its catchment area in search of non existing jobs especially in mining.
A major outcome is the serious unemployment problem in the township with all the attendant social vices, such as limited job openings, fewer income generating opportunities, high crime rate, prostitution and widespread illegal mining activities, with their attendant problems.
This episode of Green Africa explores options that are feasible for a typical mining setting especially for the youth who are very vulnerable and susceptible to crime and other social vices. Job creation, through the development and implementation of sustainable programmes aimed at training the youth to acquire the necessary employable skills is one of the options considered by the municipal managers and their partners. The study also looks at broader policy implications for the African Union.
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