More than half of South Africa's population is urbanised – up to 64% of South Africans live in the country's urban centres. And most of these people are under the age of 40. Brand South Africa's research team has analysed the state of South Africa's major cities.
The youth are our future, and in South Africa, that future wants to stay at home. Less than 10% of South Africans under the age of 24 planned to migrate to another country, a Brand South Africa survey has found.
The youth population is big and is growing; urbanisation is growing even faster. These factors present possibilities and pitfalls: a young population may be dynamic and bring economic advantages but at the same time, too many young people raises the potential for conflict.