South Africa's youth employment row
1 November 2012 Last updated at 10:13 GMT
South Africa has the largest and most developed economy on the African continent, but the unemployment rate for younger people has been running as high as 50%.
In an attempt to address the problem, nearly 3,000 18 to 35-year-olds to have gone through the Western Cape Work and Skills Programme since it launched in 2009, which gives young people six-month work placements and pays them a basic monthly wage of 1,200 rand ($140; £85).
But not everyone believes the scheme is a good idea, claiming it could make it harder for older workers to find jobs.
Louise Redvers reports.