Around 50,000 of South Africa’s jobless youth are set to benefit from a range of free courses from Coursera, the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has announced.

DCDT has partnered with the National Media Institute of SA (NEMISA) and Coursera to roll out the online programme aimed at developing 4th industrial revolution (4IR) skills among the country’s youth.

South Africa has among the highest youth unemployment rates in the world, with 58% of 15-24 year olds not in jobs, education or training.

South Africa has a very young population with about a third of the population being between the ages of 18 and 34 years.


Coursera is the world’s largest online learning platform and has made available around 3,000 courses from which potential students can choose from.

Some of the free courses on the list include:

  • Basic computer skills
  • Data science
  • Coding
  • App development
  • Digital marketing
  • Artificial intelligence.

The communications department said the digital and business-related courses are aimed at enhancing the employment chances of the country’s unemployed youth.

“The programme also aims to skill, re-skill and up-skill unemployed citizens in South Africa.The programme’s focus is however mainly on young people who did not finish school; school learners who could not enter tertiary education; university, TVET and community college students who did not graduate; and graduates who are still to find employment.”


Interested applicants can register online via Google forms or visit and click on the registration link.

Applicants will receive an email with an invitation to join.

The deadline for application is 31 October, 2020.


Source: http://The South African

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