January 20, 2021

VOICES | You can create your own job

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By Solam Yves Ludidi

There is an increasing trend of unemployed graduates who blame the government for joblessness. To send out a message of distress, the vast majority of them engage in peaceful protests demanding job creation. With some seen in shebeens consuming alchohol clad in their graduation regalia. These are the impacts of unemployment in South Africa, hence it is conducive to poverty and hardships, strained relationships, poor health and housing stress.
According to Statistics South Africa, there are over 430 000 unemployed people in this country. An estimated 58 percent of them are between 15 and 34-years-old. Stats SA says unemployment rate still remains at 7.3 percent for graduates, out of the 433 000 people.

Eyewitness News published a story about a 31-year-old Nhlakanipho Ngcobo, who holds an Honours Degree in Marketing. The lad has been looking for a job since 2017 without luck. It was reported that not having a car has lessened his chances of securing work. This is caused by the fact that businesses are only interested in sales representatives who have their own transport.
The world in which we live has no room for moaners. It is unreasonable for people to expect the government to create jobs, while making no effort to better their lives. It does not make sense for one to have money for booze, but complain of being unemployed.
Instead of moaning about the scarcity of jobs, right-minded people make a living from anything they can think of. One of the important avenues to pave the way for future employment, is volunteer work. This is crucial as it can give one work experience in a particular field.
We live in hard times and life is becoming expensive by the day. As a matter of fact, only the fittest survive in today’s world. Therefore, graduates should page back into the introductory chapter, while still waiting for the right time to secure their dream jobs. 

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