Here’s another way of creating 50 jobs

A former school teacher, the woman ended up resigning at the education department in order to focus on her new job.

The 28-year-old Kholofelo Nengwenda has now created jobs for 50 people.

When she moved from Limpopo to start a job in Mpumalanga as a school teacher 4 years ago, she struggled to find a domestic worker.

She then realised the demand and started a cleaning service and a domestic worker placement company called Mukhoni Cleaning Specialists.

Kholofelo’s company has grown to create jobs for about 50 people in just a few years of operation.

“Soon after registering my company the demand became so high that I ended up resigning as a school teacher,” she said.

“In the beginning, the business focused more on household cleaning services and domestic worker placement, but two years later we had to expand our services to the commercial and industrial market too,” she added.

In 2016,  Kholofelo attended an entrepreneurial training course at the National Youth Development Agency.

While she was still attending training, she learned that the NYDA had a grant programme for budding entrepreneurs and she applied for it.

“I specifically applied for grants to purchase equipment for my business because after winning a tender to provide services for the South African Revenue Services (SARS) we struggled to reach windows that were high up on the building,” she said.

“The application process took about a year. I received an amount of R49 000 from the NYDA in 2017 to buy equipment for my company.

“This helped my business to advance because we were able to provide services at SARS and the Steve Tshwete Municipality in the past year,” she added.

Her company recently expanded its services adding office cleaning, commercial and industrial cleaning to its list.

Among the 50 workers employed by Nengwenda, 35 are permanent and her company has also made it possible for close to 20 household domestic workers to be placed.

She said her future plans are to grow the business.

“I would like to expand my services into training cleaners in the hygiene field and also to become a business improvement coach or a business mentor at the NYDA,” she said.

– With Vuk’ uzenzele,also published HERE.

(edited by ZK)

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Selfish politicians pander on SA unemployed youth

As many as 80% of ANCYL and YCL members are unemployed.

These young people find themselves joining the two movements because of the dire economic situation and are often misused by elder leaders for their own selfish interests.

Delivering a political report at the Donna-Bella conference centre during its 7th congress, YCL Gert Sibande leader Ayanda Mashaba said the 51% Mpumalanga youth that is reported to be unemployed by Statistics SA find themselves despondent about the future and as a result have turned to crime, gangsterism, drugs and alcohol abuse or “to transactional sexual relationships” in order to counter the poverty they are faced with.

“What’s more, many more turn to our organisations, the ANCYL and YCL as a way of upward economic mobility.

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“Several organisational reports show that more than 80% of ANCYL and YCL members are unemployed, making our organisation de-facto recruitment agencies,” Mashaba said.

“In the quest for economic progress, young people in these organisations are pitted against each other to prove loyalty in order to advance their respective economic interests,” he said.

Those who were more loyal to a particular leader find themselves being liberated economically while others were scared of being principled because they feared they would no longer receive the benefits from leaders.

Others hoped they would get similar benefits, serving the interests of a certain powerful leader than the policies or ideologies of the movement.

“Comrades, this is the better reality of where we find ourselves as an organisation.

“This bears testimony to not only the economic imperative of solving the unemployment crisis but also the political imperative,” he said.

“The inability to solve the crisis of youth unemployment not only undermine economic development of our country but is also a grave threat to the internal cohesion and stability of the ANC and SACP,” he said.

(edited by MLM)

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