Graduates want cash for job hunting

Jobless graduates call for stipend from Bhisho Picture: ARETHA LINDEN
Jobless graduates call for stipend from Bhisho
Picture: ARETHA LINDEN

Unemployed graduates in the Eastern Cape have called on the government to give each unemployed graduate a monthly stipend of R3 000 to assist them with job hunting.

Hundreds of unemployed graduates marched to the premier’s office in Bhisho yesterday to demand jobs.

Clad in graduation attire, they gathered at the Bhisho Stadium and marched to the premier’s office.

The graduates had to wait for almost two hours for the premier, Phumulo Masualle, who was said to be delayed in a meeting.

Undeterred by the scorching heat and hunger, the graduates addressed the premier and handed over their memorandum of demands.

Reading their memorandum, the chairwoman of the movement, Siphamandla Kashe, said job hunting was an expensive process.

“We have to pay for transport, make photocopies, fax, e-mail and buy envelopes. For someone who is unemployed job hunting becomes expensive,” Kashe said.

The movement also proposed that the retirement age be moved to 50 years for voluntary retirement, 55 years for compulsory retirement and 60 years for late retirement.

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