FEEL GOOD | Businessman 'moved' by Dumisani Ngobese's resilience, offers the student a permanent job

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UKZN student Dumisani Ngobese with Durban businessman Calvin Mathibeli.
UKZN student Dumisani Ngobese with Durban businessman Calvin Mathibeli.
  • A Durban businessman offered Dumisani Ngobese a permanent job.
  • The news came less than 24 hours after the 23-year-old graduated from University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • His emotional pictures flooded South Africa's social media pages.

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) graduate Dumisani Ngobese's future is secure after he managed to bag a permanent job as well as the fees for his Honours degree.

On Friday, South Africans were moved by the 23-year-old's emotion on stage during his graduation.

Now, in just less than 24 hours, he has attracted the attention of a Durban businessman, the owner of Calvin and Family Groups Companies, Calvin Mathibeli.

On Saturday, UKZN released a statement which said that Mathibeli was willing to offer Ngobese a permanent job at his company as well as pay for his Honours degree, which he is currently pursuing at the university.

According to UKZN's statement, the 34-year-old businessman's group of companies has interests in agriculture and minerals, and has 12 subsidiaries with offices in seven provinces and a presence in Namibia and Lesotho.

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The statement said Ngobese's post on the university's page went viral, with thousands of South Africans offering words of encouragement and some pledging various donations.

Among those was Mathibeli, who was moved by Ngobese's story.

In a statement, Mathibeli said: "I was so moved by his story because of his resilience, but also because of the similarities that we have in terms of background. I spoke to him yesterday and I was very moved by his story.

"Ngobese's story resonated with my own experiences.

"I was also raised by my grandmother in a big family, but our resilience made us who we are. I want to ensure that Ngobese is able to earn a living, so that he can also contribute to his family. All I need from him is to respect the job."

Mathibeli said there were other vacancies available, but he created a special one for Ngobese, who would start working on Monday.

"Of course, business is not for everyone... what we will do is to find out what his dreams are and we will complement them," said Mathibeli.

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