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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.