- A woman has created a business to help unemployed graduates
- She was funded by the NYDA
- To date, she has placed 9 000 graduates in employment
Unemployed youth from rural areas now have a greater chance of finding employment, thanks to a woman-owned business .
Sibusisiwe Kraai started Malitinne after noticing that many young people who were studying in universities of technology and TVET colleges struggled to find internships and in-service training opportunities.
Malitinne is a job placement company that focuses on finding employment for students from rural areas.
The 36-year-old said she started the business after Malitinne received NYDA grant funding valued at R49 820.
Speaking to SowetanLive, she said:
“We place graduates and undergraduates in workplaces for in-service training. We approach TVET colleges, universities and private training providers to see if we can assist their learners in securing placements"
She has worked with Umfolozi, Esayidi and UMgungundlovu college. They also recruit talent from the Mangosuthu University of Technology, the University of Johannesburg and Walter Sisulu University.
In the last five years, Kraai has managed to place over 9 000 students in jobs in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.
Kraai has personal experience in the struggle to find employment. She could not get placement for eight months, after completing the academic part of her diploma in Local Government and Development Management.
After she managed to find employment, she realised how much rural youth battled to find work experience opportunities. She decided to do something about it.
“We recruit from the deepest rural areas because it’s those learners who are suffering the most"
Today, Kraai holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degree from the Regent Business School and aims to expand Malitinne’s operations after receiving accreditation to train students for national certificates in furniture making, clothing and textile design, silviculture and forestry.
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