South Africa's youth employment row

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.

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