Creating pathways to youth employment

Education, Skills Training, Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises that connect youth in South Africa to employment opportunities. In turn, we're kick-starting a hyperlocal community ecosystem.

South Africa's youth unemployment crisis is solvable

It’s true. South Africa has the highest unemployment rate in the world. A staggering 60% of all 15 to 24-year-olds are unemployed, with little hope of securing future employment. 

It’s not a question of unwillingness to work. It’s a question of access to employability opportunities.

At Sozo, we connect unemployed youth to the education, skills & support they need to find (or create*) employment

Here's how we do it


See our work in action

Take a virtual tour of our facilities, programmes & Vrygrond, the community in which we work.

Sometimes, seeing seems unbelievable

We're changing the narrative on youth unemployment, one passionate youth at a time.

300 +

Youth Upskilled

400 +

Jobs Secured

< 100 %

School Drop-Out Rate

Sozo Stories

Avela's Story

Blazing a trail towards a brighter future

From a humble upbringing in Vrygrond to becoming the first in her family to attend university, read Avela’s story of resilience and transformation. 

Tyron's Story

From Dropout to Barista Entrepreneur

From dropout to successful barista and entrepreneur: Tyron shares his inspiring journey of resilience and determination.

Create a better future for youth in South Africa