Graduates offered head start

2017-11-23 06:00
UGDF secretery general Zandile Kunjwa is inviting unemployed graduates to join their forum.

UGDF secretery general Zandile Kunjwa is inviting unemployed graduates to join their forum.

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Unemployed graduates and tertiary drop outs now have a platform in which to not just gain employment but to encourage them to start their own businesses.

The Unemployed Graduates and Tertiary Drop-outs Forum was founded in Khayelitsha this year and its secretary general believes it was the missing link between the graduates and potential employers.

“We want to create a platform so that graduates and drop-outs can find employment. But more than that we want it to be a platform were we can all come and share ideas where we can create our own employment,” says Zandile Kunjwa.

The forum was the brain child of founder Vulani Mdekazi and boasts seven committee members as well as 20 members already.

Kunjwa told City Vision that they have already started approaching key governments departments and already have the support of local councillor Xolisa Peter of ward 92.

“We plan to partner with organisations to help our members. We want them to start their own businesses, so key partnerships will be pivotal. We also want to have community development programs so we invite organisations to work with us,” he said.

Kunjwa is a BSC Environmental Science and Water graduate from UWC and also has a post grad degree in Education. He has also spent some time lecturing at the Cape Town College

He said that the membership for the forum is free and applicants must email their details.

He said their immediate objective is to sign up as many members as they can.

“Every year, tertiary institutions produce thousands of graduates that are not absorbed into the workplace so we want those people to join us.

We want to spread this forum throughout the country so that we can have a bigger, and more meaningful impact on unemployment,” he said.

He said that on the 2 December the organisation will host a general meeting at the Harare Library where members can get together and share ideas.

He said it was now the time for graduates to master their own destinies.

“We are inviting graduates because we want us to find the solutions that will help us.

We know that unemployment is a problem but we can’t expect government to do it on its own. Feel free to email us or call,” he said.

You can contact Kunjwa on 0767502504, email ugadf2017@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.

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