David Lekomanyane graduated from university with a Bachelor of Technology degree and being the first in his family to graduate he knew there was a lot expected of him.
David’s family could not have been prouder when he graduated in 2015 but the reality of getting employment in South Africa presented a new struggle for the Ermelo resident.
He struggled to find work for two years, his lack of experience the primary reason. He knew he had to change that so he took a courageous decision.
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“I’ve moved back to Mpumalanga province to volunteer in one of the local mines‚ so I can gain the required work experience. It’s not easy telling my family that I will be a volunteer because they thought I would easily get a decent job after completing my studies‚” he said.
Briefly.co.za learned from Times Live that his family gets buy in his grandparents’ meager pension grants. His university studies were covered by a government loan, which he has to repay, and the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). The MQA covered his last two years of study but he government grant has saddled him with R32.000 debt.
He was fortunate to secure an internship with mining company but the pay is extremely low, with David only earning R2,000 a month.
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“As a volunteer‚ I know I will be earning next to nothing but I am willing to start somewhere. It is discouraging but I am passionate about mining and I am a hard worker. I know one day I will get the job I am qualified for‚” he said.
David is a courageous young man who refuses to give up and is willing to put in the hard work required to become successful.
Internships are a way for young people to gain the necessary experience to enter the competitive job market, but the pay is often very low.