Dumisani Ngobese was offered a permanent job by a businessman in Durban.
The 23-year-old had just graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal less than 24 hours before hearing the news.
South Africa's social media sites were full of his sad pictures.
Dumisani Ngobese's future is safe now that he has a permanent job and the money to pay for his Honours degree. He graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
South Africans were moved by the 23-year-tears old's at his graduation on Friday.
Saturday, UKZN released a statement saying that Mathibeli was willing to give Ngobese a permanent job at his company and pay for his Honours degree, which he is currently getting at the university.
UKZN's statement says that 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.
The statement said that Ngobese's post on the university's page went viral, and that thousands of South Africans offered words of support and some said they would give money in different ways.
Mathibeli was one of them. He was moved by Ngobese's story.
Mathibeli said in a statement: "I was so moved by his story because of how strong he was and also because our backgrounds are so similar. I talked to him yesterday, and his story really touched me.
"I could relate to what Ngobese said about his life.
"I was also raised by my grandmother in a big family, but our strength made us who we are. I want Ngobese to be able to make a living so that he can also help support his family. All I want from him is to respect the job."
Mathibeli said there were other openings, but he made a special one for Ngobese, who would start work on Monday.
"Of course, business isn't for everyone. What we'll do is find out what his dreams are, and we'll help him reach them," said Mathibeli.
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