Unemployment forced him to drop out of his PhD studies due to a lack of funds, but the last thing he had expected was a life-changing gesture from a former bank robber on Twitter.
A desperate Xhanti Dyonase (25), who has a master’s degree, posted his CV on Twitter, but didn’t expect many positive responses. But he was in for a surprise.
This University of Johannesburg graduate from the Eastern Cape had tried it before on Facebook and all he got was a few likes. He applied for a job almost every day with no luck, until something special happened this week.
Just a few hours after posting his CV on Tuesday, Dyonase’s Twitter handle was trending in South Africa, with people re-tweeting him and others responding with referrals.
He monitored the overwhelming response from other users for hours, but a response from a former bank robber who is now a millionaire businessman made him gasp.
“You are hired, @Bakilulu pls let him meet HR to discuss terms. Congratulations in advance!!!!!," read the response to Dyonase from politician Gayton McKenzie.
Dyonase responded after McKenzie’s office contacted him as ordered.
“I’m speechless. Thank you so much. I’m in tears!!,” he wrote to McKenzie.
He said Dyonase would head a new department in his recently acquired business venture.
Dyonase told City Press that he was shocked after reading McKenzie’s tweet.
“This was the best news I have ever received. I have not had a job for a whole year, no matter how many times I sent my applications out. I was shocked and excited at the same time ... I mean, I had was offered a job just like that,” said Dyonase, who holds a master of technology degree.
“I have met Gayton already and I was formally offered the job, and I am reporting for duty soon. I am so happy right now.”
McKenzie said he was touched by his tweet.
“The emotion in that tweet caught my attention. It triggered a heavy emotion in me and immediately took me back to the many days I had unsuccessfully searched for a job,” he said.
“I felt even more pity because there is no reason this guy should be jobless. My joblessness was understandable ... I committed crimes, but he did time at university.”
McKenzie is also a motivational and author of inspirational books.
He said that, for him, giving “is a duty and a small debt to pay for the big second chance I got” after prison, adding that he was fortunate in that he “went from someone who was looking for a job to someone who is now giving people jobs”.
For Dyonase, the future looks bright.
“Everything is now set to change for me, my family and especially my unemployed father back home,” he said.