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Unemployment: No money to apply says young job seekers

While unemployment in South Africa has reached new highs, graduates who have been unsuccessful in finding work say this is unsurprising.

Gaopalelwe Melesi, 31, who holds a national diploma in human resources, joined the ranks of millions of South Africans looking for work. He expressed how emotional and distraught he was about being unemployed for the entire year of 2021.

Melesi, who lives in a back room in Mahikeng, North West, said he had been finding it difficult to apply for jobs because he couldn't afford to use the internet or make copies of the documents he needed for job applications.

"It's aggravating. It's difficult to apply because you'll need money to print copies of your CV and transportation to get to the town's internet cafes," Melesi explained.

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Melesi graduated from high school in 2008 and went on to do several internships after earning his diploma in 2013, earning about R200 from the part-time jobs.

"I spent R100 on toiletries and another R100 on job applications on the internet." Companies will tell me that I was not shortlisted for a job because I do not have a driver's license when I have the opportunity to ask why. My issue is that I've had five learner's permits, all of which have expired due to a lack of funds to book lessons for a driver's license," Melesi explained.

In September, he applied for the R350 social relief of distress grant (SRD), but it was denied because he was apparently registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), which he denies.

"I was told to submit my objection on the SRD website by the officials there." I haven't been able to do so because I don't have enough money to pay for internet access," he explained.

Bongiwe Gumenke, 25, of Dobsonville, Soweto, said she felt like a failure for the past five years because she had no source of income.

Gumenke graduated from high school in 2016 and has been unemployed since then.

"I'm not doing well at all." "The years are flying by, and I'm not doing anything as a young person," Gumenke said.

She applied for the SRD grant twice but was rejected both times.

"In April of last year, I applied for the first time and was turned down. In August, I reapplied and was once again denied. My application was denied because I have UIF funds, according to the system. I was perplexed because I had never worked before. "I only did a one-month learnership that didn't count toward UIF," Gumenke explained.

Pretty Phasha

Pretty Phasha, 23, from Meadowlands, Soweto, has been jobless for four years after graduating from high school in 2017.

"I couldn't apply for five jobs this year because I didn't have enough money." "There was also a job application in Sandton that I needed to submit physically, but I couldn't because I didn't have transportation money," Phasha explained.

Phasha, who lives with her parents, claims that they occasionally give her money to help her apply for jobs. "I only spent R200 on a single job application." This includes printing CVs, scanning documents, and emailing my application."

She has been a recipient of the R350 SRD grant since its inception in April of last year.

"I spent R200 on toiletries and put the rest of the money towards my job and internship applications," Phasha explained.

Anita Mnguni,

Anita Mnguni, 25, has been unemployed for almost a year and has a diploma in hospitality studies.

Mnguni, who was also a recipient of an SRD grant, said she used the money to buy data and send job applications via email.

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