Youth is synonymous with future expectations. Should these be marred or
negative, it could be an indication that all is not well in society, and that the values and conditions in society should critically be examined and attended to. The interest in the orientation and nature of the future expectations of adolescents is of particular relevance in South Africa due to the extent of social challenges which is currently experienced such as crime, corruption,
poverty and HIV/AIDS. An empirical study was conducted to establish Afrikaans speaking youth’s expectations regarding their future. Questionnaires were completed by grade 11 learners from five schools. The study was
based on the assumption that social problems in South Africa would significantly impact on the future plans of adolescents, particularly on those who aspire to emigrate. The most important conclusion is that this hypothesis could not be verified. The respondents were predominantly positive
regarding their future ideals.