An opinion piece by Nelisa Bhumazela from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University:
Many believe that after graduation, it is go-time! You get employed, you buy your car, you buy a house, and it is just magically a jolly period! Well, not in this country, that is just a dream, a fantasy, especially for black kids, it is not that easy. South African unemployment rate is so high in a such a way that graduates are involved in some crime businesses to survive, and unfortunately those who are looking up to these graduates have lost hope in life.
I somehow get it! Why would you stress yourself, experience headaches and sleepless night just to stand by the corner of that old spaza shop in the township or sit home and watch chicken hatch in the rural areas. But! What if there was a way beyond that? What if there was a way where you can avoid such stressful situations? There is a high number of unemployment graduates in the country, let alone the general number of everyone including those who are not graduates. I personally do not see why someone with a Degree or a Diploma would just sit home and wait for opportunities to come by. If opportunities do not come by, then that is a wake-up call for you to actually chase these opportunities. Nothing beats the sense of being a go-getter.
As an unemployed graduate, you can always do something of your