UFHGP Alumni Chapter doubles efforts to assist unemployed graduates

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The South African economy shed 2,2 million jobs in the second quarter of 2020. This is according to the latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey Quarter released by Statistics South Africa on 29 September 2020 (http://www.statssa.gov.za).  According to StatsSA, the youth in the 15-24 age group are most vulnerable in the South African labour market as the unemployment rate among this age group hovered at 59,0% at the beginning of 2020.

Unfortunately, UFH graduates are not immune to these economic challenges. Consequently, the UFH Gauteng Alumni chapter deemed it imperative to explore on how best to create opportunities for unemployed UFH graduates who reside in Gauteng.

The Executive Committee collected information in order to establish the extent of the challenge in the Gauteng Province.  So far, approximately 60 unemployed graduates have been identified.

A team comprising of Ms Thandeka Mgoduso, a member of the High Level Support Organ, GP Alumni Chapter executive committee members Ms Aphindiwe Majova, Ms Phumza Dlomo and Dr JJ Klaas worked around the clock communicating with the identified unemployed graduates.

PLACEMENTS:

Dr Sisa Ngebulana, CEO of Billion Group & Rebosis Property Fund has taken on board five graduates for a fulltime internship programme with an excellent stipend and empowering training programme. The group is made of four ladies and a gentleman aged between 22 and 29. Three have Master’s degrees, one has an Honours and another a Bachelor’s degree.  All of them commenced their internship at the beginning of October 2020. The Gauteng Alumni chapter is very grateful to Dr Ngebulana for offering them an opportunity of a lifetime.

Ms Thandeka Mgoduso - through her networks managed to secure funding for five graduates to attend a fully funded Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, (GIBS), University of Pretoria. This group comprises of four ladies and one gentleman aged between 21 and 26. Two of them have Honours degrees whilst the other three have Bachelor’s degrees. They are expected to start in January 2021.  Ms Mgoduso continues to work very hard exploring opportunities and ways of helping our unemployed graduates.

Adv Thandi Orleyn and Commissioner Thembinkosi Bonakele have each taken three unemployed graduates from the Law cluster for mentorship. Their ages range between 30 and 31. They are in consultation with the three graduates to establish a workable system for the mentorship programme. 

Dr Thami Mazwai: 15 October 2020, Dr Mazwai hosted a webinar about the practical dimensions of entrepreneurship as a contribution towards empowerment of unemployed graduates. In essence, the presentation emphasised on the importance of creating a support network for young people in particular, and how to contribute to the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan which has been announced by the government recently. Dr Mazwai called for the hosting of a workshop to empower unemployed graduates with entrepreneurial skills.

 

By Dr Jongi Klaas, Chairperson