Men’s dreams of a job are no longer a pie in the sky

2015-07-18 07:38
Sharon Lamport-Muskett with job seekers (from left) Thokozani Mvuvu, Steven Ditima, Mark Manyika and A. Tashama outside her pie store on Greyling Street.

Sharon Lamport-Muskett with job seekers (from left) Thokozani Mvuvu, Steven Ditima, Mark Manyika and A. Tashama outside her pie store on Greyling Street. (Jonathan Burton)

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A PIETERMARITZBURG woman has taken on the task of helping the jobless find jobs from her business on Greyling Street.

Sharon Lamport-Muskett, owner of The Pie Lady, said she wanted to help those she saw standing day in and day out along Greyling Street in the hopes of finding a job for the day.

With scores of people standing along the road, she said she had watched many times as a bakkie or car would stop and be crowded with people competing for a job within seconds.

“They are all such wonderful people who are all finding it difficult to get a job, and some have even agreed to work a full day of hard labour for R30. They are desperate,” said Lamport-Muskett.

“The form I hand out asks for their details, their references and the work they are willing to do. Once they have filled it out and brought it back to me, attached to their ID and any certificates they might have, I advertise them on various Pietermaritzburg Facebook pages.”

Lamport-Muskett said there had been a few who had been snatched up by people and taken on as contracted employees, an example being a man who simply goes by the name of Selby.

“A man came into my shop to interview Selby and today he left with a well-known company as a contracted employee with a smile that reached from ear to ear.

“All the people who are looking for work on Greyling Street that have filled out my forms have up-to-date references, CVs and copies of their IDs, and the scope of work they do is wide.

“I have forms from plumbers, engineers, teachers, chefs, crane operators, painters and even a chicken breeder,” she said.

Lamport-Muskett added that there were always newcomers standing on Greyling Street looking for work and she encouraged them all to come to her shop to fill out forms in the hope of them finding work.

One man who filled out a form is Zimbabwean national Tichy Gotora, who is studying his masters in chartered accountancy through the UK.

“I moved to South Africa in 2008. I was working as an assistant account in a major pharmaceutical company when inflation in Zimbabwe made it too difficult to continue living there.”

He said he applied to study his honours in chartered accountancy in South Africa, but was unable to get a place at a university.

Gotora is now a finance lecturer at Damelin, but said he is seeking more work to pay for his masters, which is paid in euros, through Lamport-Muskett.

Lamport-Muskett said she was in no way an employment agency, but was helping the people she saw working so hard to find work every day.

She added that she also made sandwiches for those seeking jobs on Greyling Street every Thursday. Anyone wanting to donate sandwiches, bread or jam, or hand out their own sandwiches, can contact her at 082 925 1284

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