UNEMPLOYMENT TESTIMONIES

Waiting and hoping the whole day for work

“Sometimes in a week I get maybe one job. If I am lucky I get two jobs and I make R150 per job.”

By Masixole Feni - 26 February 2019
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Reconsidering South Africa’s approach to waste pickers

Waste pickers must be integrated into the formal waste management sector, says researcher

By Lucas Nowicki - 22 February 2019
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Unemployed for three years, Thulani Ngwenya believes entrepreneurship is the way to go

“There are many opportunities in our townships, it is just a matter of finding them.”

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 20 February 2019
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Nelisa Pambane travels hundreds of kilometers to sell scrap metal

“I may not be employed but I will never let my children and me starve.”

By Nomfundo Xolo - 15 February 2019
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“I am living and working for the next meal”

Khumbuzile Phakamile survives by selling empties to shebeens and trying to find gardening jobs that pay a pittance

By Thembela Ntongana - 14 February 2019
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The men who make a living from an old gold mine dump

“The gold is right here in the soil”

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 14 February 2019
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After years of fruitless job searching, Ayanda Kunene decided to create his own work

“There are so many people in our community who are unemployed yet we still see rubbish lying around”

By Zoë Postman - 13 February 2019