It was on 1 January 2022 when I sat down and thought about the social and economic challenges that I encountered in the year 2021. While some of my friends and colleagues had actually done well in the year in question, well, I, and many others too, didn’t achieve much, primarily because of the economic hardships that the nation is enduring.
While I comforted myself by telling my heart that there are hundreds of thousands of graduates across the country who are also struggling to make ends meet, however, it quickly rang in my mind that I have the capacity to help thousands of South Africans who are looking for employment, whether they are well experienced, very educated, or they simply have the power and keen interest to do any job that presents itself to them, even if it requires a lot of manual energy.
A few days later, on 26 January 2023, I registered the domain www.workinsouthafrica.com and began working on this project that I believe has the capacity to achieve the following:
- Greatly reduce unemployment in South Africa as employers from all walks of life as well as job seekers from all parts of the country now have a virtual job market where they easily advertise their vacancies or apply for jobs at no cost.
- Greatly reduce the increasing crime rate in South Africa because unemployment is directly and indirectly related to a high crime rate. As there now has a platform that helps deserving yet less privileged youths from various parts of the country to apply for jobs and subsequently secure employment at no cost, I believe many parts of the country shall start witnessing a declining crime rate, especially among middle-aged citizens who are committing heinous crimes or youths who are engaging in drug abuse.
- Increase the national fiscus as these newly employed citizens are legally bound to pay tax which results in SARS’s revenue collection improving.
- I believe this project has the capacity to increase the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). A higher employment rate is good for the economy’s GDP. When an individual is employed, they are paid by their employer. This results in them having more money to spend on food, clothing, entertainment, and on many other various goods and services. If this platform is to help, say 100,000 citizens get employed each year, this will certainly result in economic growth and even more employment creation.
- Over the years, traditionally, one had to buy a newspaper, search for employment opportunities then apply for jobs that match their qualifications and experience. The application process had to be done offline, so documents had to be photocopied and certified, and envelopes and stamps had to be bought. Application letters had to be typed and printed. All this was costly to the unemployed individual. When one is job-seeking, it is very common to be so broke that you even fail to raise money to buy a newspaper so as to look for employment. All that is now a thing of the past. Just get access to the internet, register on workinSouthAfrica.com and you will be presented with hundreds of jobs every week that match your qualifications or experience. You can simply use your phone to take pictures of your original documents and upload them during the application process. In most cases, there is no more need to photocopy and certify any documents if you are going to apply for a job on workinaouth africa.com.
- Some positions go for months without being filled, simply because companies and organisations are struggling to find the best candidate who has the necessary skills and qualifications to fill that position. As workinsouthafrica.com is a national project that can be accessed from any part of the nation where the internet is available, it is now much easier for employers to advertise their vacancies, and for free for that matter.
- Ask most university and college students who are about to complete their studies, and they will tell you how difficult it is to secure a place for industrial attachment. This is the same with those who have just graduated but still do not have the “2 to 3 years of work experience” that employers often demand when looking for individuals to recruit. On workinSouthAfrica.com there is a whole category specially meant for Trainee Internships and Industrial Attachments where both students looking for attachment and graduates looking for trainee internships can apply for vacancies and start building their careers.
I could spend the whole day talking about this project. I believe you now have a better understanding of where workinSouthAfrica.com is coming from and where it’s going. It’s now time to present my request for a big favour, my fellow countrymen.
Please support me in whatever way you can to make this project a success. I do not intend to charge job seekers to apply for vacancies, nor do I plan to charge employers to post vacancies on this website. I wish to sustain this project by selling advertising space to the corporate world and also through donations, both in cash and in kind. If you tell your friends and relatives about workinsouthafrica.com, you have supported me. If you post job opportunities with your company at workinsouthafrica.com, you have supported me. If you apply for a job on workinsouthafrica.com, you have supported me. If you share workinsouthafrica.com jobs on various social media platforms, again you have supported me.
If you have any form of help you believe will help me achieve my goal of making thousands of Zimbabweans secure employment through the workinSouthAfrica.com website, please feel free to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will greatly appreciate your assistance.
Your Faithful Servant,
Work In South Africa Founder.