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Give jobs to unemployed graduates, urges Operation Dudula

Durban – As graduation season gets underway, the Operation Dudula campaign has expressed its displeasure at the number of unemployed graduates sitting at home.

The main concern of the movement was that the government was outsourcing jobs to other countries while many unemployed graduates stayed at home with the same skills.

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They held a press conference at the Pavillion Hotel to address “this disaster” and highlight how non-South Africans with fraudulent documents were illegally working in jobs intended for young graduates.

Operation Dudula Vice President Don Hadebe said above all the government was isolating and neglecting young South Africans while encouraging them to study, not giving them the opportunity to show their skills after graduation. of their degree.

The government’s actions contradicted what it was preaching to young people, he said.

“We call on the government and municipalities to step in and help these unemployed graduates get opportunities because they deserve better.

“They end up resorting to drugs because of the frustration and depression that comes with not having a job. We are giving them a deadline to sort this out because this is not a talk show, we have to take action,” he said.

One of the skilled unemployed youths, Sphelele Msane, a Forensic Science and Technology graduate from Unisa, spoke about the challenges he faces as an unemployed but skilled youth. Operation Dududla called on young skilled unemployed people to attend the briefing on their plans to tackle the problem of the government offering jobs to foreigners while skilled South Africans are neglected, held at the Pavilion Hotel in Durban. Photo: Tumi Pakkies/African Press Agency (ANA)

Even with the reconstruction of flood-damaged infrastructure, they could use the help of unemployed craftsmen and civil engineers; they need to stop outsourcing and give them a chance.

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Among the unemployed graduates who attended the press conference was 24-year-old Sphelele Msane, who said he constantly applied without getting any response.

Msane studied forensic science and technology at Unisa and graduated in 2019, but said he sometimes applied 16 times a week with his brother, Khaya Madlala, who did his LLB at the same institution. and graduated in 2019. their resumes physically but nothing was working.

“The government is letting us down, they say the youth are the future and they want us to have three years experience for entry-level jobs. But how are we supposed to have experience without having the chance to acquire it?

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“We’re just sitting at home with skills ready to go. There are no programs in place to help graduates.

Mthembiseni Ngema, 24, also an unemployed graduate, said he studied electrical engineering at Durban University of Technology. The main reason he opted for this course was that it was a rare course which meant more job opportunities, but he had been sitting at home since he graduated in 2019.

Another unemployed graduate, Thabisile Mbonambi, said it seemed Operation Dudula was their only hope as they were willing to listen to their grievances.

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Hadebe said it doesn’t make sense that graduates from Cuba are constantly being imported into South Africa when there are a thousand graduates with abundant skills.

There cannot be non-South Africans with the luxury of having a job when this country’s unemployed professionals yearned for similar opportunities. He said they were ready to protest until they were heard.

Daily News

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