Website helps youth find work

2013-07-18 00:00

WITH more young people struggling to find employment and gain independence, Pietermaritzburg local Siphefihle Zondi has decided to step up and do something to help.

Zondi (26) has launched a website called Youth Zone24 that aims to help young people to find employment opportunities.

Initially, the project was only a ­Facebook page called Labour Pool and it focused on helping youth find job opportunities.

“Social media is a good point of departure if you aim to do something innovative. This is the trend, which is why I started on Facebook. Most of the youth have smartphones that can access Facebook ... By joining the page, they can come across job opportunities more easily,” said Zondi.

As the Facebook community grew, it became clear that unemployment was not the only issue facing the youth. This prompted Zondi to start the Youth Zone24 website in October last year. The website underwent many tweaks and has been running properly for the past three months.

The purpose of the site is to create an information-sharing platform that will help empower the youth.

Zondi is so dedicated to his work that he left his job working for the government to work on Youth Zone24 full time.

Although the majority of the jobs he posts are based in KZN, Youth Zone24 is not limited to the province. Any jobs in any part of South Africa can be found on the site. As long as you have access to the Internet, you can make use of Youth Zone24.

“Primarily, we went out and looked for information that would be helpful and relevant to the youth. We found job opportunities and posted them on our site. As time went by, some businesses realised what an important role we play and have sent us information. We now have 100 000 unique visitors on our site a month.”

Zondi has big plans for Youth Zone24 in the future: “I would like the zone I’ve created for the youth to extend to all platforms throughout the country. I would like to start a national radio station and a TV channel.”

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