Woman with almost 200 000 followers dedicates her Twitter profile to help those facing unemployment

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Tebogo Makhae. Photo: Tiffany Makhae/Twitter
Tebogo Makhae. Photo: Tiffany Makhae/Twitter
  • Unemployment is one of South Africa's biggest setbacks, particularly for the youth and women.
  • Tebogo Makhae uses social media to help people find jobs because it is where she can reach a large number of people.
  • The 19-year-old believes that unemployment is a form of punishment.

Unemployment is one of the biggest setbacks in South Africa, especially among the youth. The official unemployment rate was at 34,4% in the second quarter of 2021.

In this economy where everything is expensive, people need jobs to be able to afford and sustain themselves.

It is through people like 19-year-old Tebogo Makhae that people find hope that they will eventually get the jobs they want to sustain themselves. Tebogo says that she is concerned about the unemployment rate in South Africa.

“The unemployment rate is getting worse by the day. Our employment criteria doesn’t consider graduates, our youth,” she says.

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“I help [unemployed] people with job vacancies and students with bursaries and scholarships,” she continues.

She has dedicated her Twitter account, with almost 200 000 followers, to helping people find jobs. It is where she is able to post job posts, scholarships and bursaries for students.

Tebogo explains that she uses her social media to help people find jobs because that is where most people engage. She is able to reach a lot of people on social media and she can be able to help them find jobs.

“When I was 16 years old, I thought to myself why am I using my data on useless things because I always have data. Most people have social media platforms but they find it difficult to look for jobs so I decided to help them find jobs,” she tells W24.

Tebogo comes from a community in Lephalale, Limpopo, where the majority of the people are unemployed. She believes that unemployment is a punishment because she saw how the people in her community were suffering.

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She says, “Some kids out there go to bed on empty stomachs not because their parents want but because it’s the situation they are facing. I also realised that most people especially from rural areas have degrees but they don’t have more information on where to submit their CVs or look for jobs.”

Tebogo has received positive feedback from people who have found jobs through her posts, but, she mentions that she also receives insults. "Sometimes people insult me in my inbox saying that I share job vacancies because I want fame," she says.

She tells W24 that sometimes she struggles with data, and at times she has to buy data for job seekers who are unable to buy for themselves, but she enjoys helping people and she believes that she is achieving her goal of helping people find jobs.

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