File photo: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa

Kimberley - Economic transformation will take centre stage during this term, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.

"Economic transformation must and will take centre stage during this new term of government," Ramaphosa told a national youth day commemoration in Galeshewe, in the Northern Cape.

He said the youth must be at the centre of this economic transformation.

Ramaphosa said although many opportunities had been created for the youth the past 20 years, young people in the country still faced many problems.

The deputy president said the country needed to focus on special measures to ensure that South Africa's youth had access to training, work experience, jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities.

"We must make sure that they are able to take up the opportunities. Go on with their lives."

Ramaphosa said a co-ordinated and multi-pronged response to youth unemployment was needed.

"It must be present in every policy discussion, in every law drafted, in every strategic plan developed," he said. - Sapa