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Walk for Work

Walk for Work

Mandela Day is over, but the work must go on

This year Siyabonga Africa joined hands with communities and companies to create awareness about how every day South Africans can tackle the unemployment crisis through their daily choices (see the tips below).

Unemployment is one of the biggest contributing factors to poverty in South Africa today.  Many people do not feel that they can make a difference because the problem is just too big.  BUT, the good news is, that with small, intentional decisions every day, we all can make a difference.

The objectives for Siyabonga Africa’s Walk for Work campaign are to:

  1. Inform people about the state of poverty and unemployment in South Africa
  2. Create awareness about what we can all do about it
  3. Share the great work that Siyabonga Africa is doing every day

200 jobs in 2022

Siyabonga Africa has set a goal to create jobs for 200 people in 2022. The Mandela Day Walk for Work campaign has taken us one step closer to attaining that goal. Companies donated toward the campaign and received tools and printed material to help create awareness. Their donations have gone toward our job creation programmes.

As the year progresses, we will be giving feedback, on this page, about the jobs we are creating through our various programmes. If you are interested in making an impact with us, here’s how:

5 ways you can make a difference:

  1. Support us for R0.00Join the MySchool| MyVillage| MyPlanet programme and make Siyabonga Africa a beneficiary. Every time you swipe your card or scan the app when you shop at Woolworths, Loot, and other participating retailers, you support job creation projects at no cost to you.
  2. Share your skills – Do you have a skill that someone could use to find work or start a business? Contact us to create a free online course for the unemployed.
  3. Become our CSI Partner – Siyabonga Africa offers a range of poverty alleviation services that may fit your company’s CSI or BEE requirements … and offers you possible tax benefits.
  4. Sponsor a Student – Give someone the gift of a life changing skills course. Courses range from R250 to R15 000 and are underpinned by business training and starter kits.
  5. Donate a food voucher for R500 – Every household that receives a food voucher also receives job seeking support.

Everyone can make a difference. This year’s Mandela Day theme was: Do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are. Even if you can only donate R100 or R200, your contribution will help get South Africa working … and help reverse our frightening unemployment statistics.


So many Mandela Day efforts last for one day, with no real lasting impact. Walk for Work is different. It has a lasting, measurable impact. And it benefits not just the jobless, but everyone!

Because, when people are desperate … hungry … homeless … with nothing to lose – there’s no telling what they’ll do to survive. Unemployment affects every South African, whether we are fortunate to have a job or not. And the only way to solve it is to take matters into our own hands … and be the change we want to see in South Africa.

Know the facts

Over 30 million South Africans – half the population – are living in severe poverty, surviving on less than R1000 per month.

The official unemployment rate is 34.5%. But speaking to people on the ground, our estimate is that it’s much  higher. Young people are the worst affected, with an official unemployment rate of just under 64%. In real terms, two out of three school leavers are unlikely to ever find work, which means a lifetime of poverty, misery and despair.

If there is anything you can do to help us change the future for our young people, please act now.

Siyabonga Africa has the systems, experience and skills to provide relevant training and create opportunities that enable people to make a living and support their families. Our successful track record proves that.

All we lack is the funding to extend our programmes to more people who are desperate for work. And that is what you bring to the table. Your generosity is the cornerstone on which we build; our work would be impossible if not for people like you.


We can all do something


  • Look for work – Looking for a job is your job when you are unemployed. Don’t give up!
  • Volunteer – You’ll gain experience, make useful contacts and are more likely to find employment.
  • Collect references – Do you have a teacher, previous employer or community leader who can write you a reference? Add reference letters to your CV.
  • Don’t just search the internet – Go and hand out your CV at businesses and follow up personally. Stand out.
  • Keep your personal documents up to date – Have copies made of your ID, driver’s licence, certificates, etc.
  • Turn your skill into a side hustle – Can you cook, sew, clean, grow food, teach, draw, sell, write? Turn it into an income opportunity.
  • Use what you have – Do you have land, tools, equipment? Consider renting them out to earn an income.
  • Start small – Don’t wait for the dream job. Use the small opportunity now and grow.
  • Don’t be afraid to work hard – Open doors for yourself by going the extra mile.
  • Be presentable – Keep your physical and online presence clean and respectable.
  • Use your network – Who do you know that can support your business or job seeking efforts?

Create work for others

  • Support Small Business – Spending your money with small businesses in your area helps to stimulate your local economy and create jobs in your community.
    1. Shop local
    2. Tip geneerously
    3. Support their online efforts
    4. Engage with local businesses social media
    5. Refer friends and family
    6. Buy gift cards
    7. Leave good reviews
    8. Search ‘small business near me’
    9. Show your appreciaton
    10. Offer to upskill or mentor
    11. Commit to doing at least one of these things weekly.
  • Share what you have – Share your knowledge, skills, tools, old equipment, access to technology or business premises with a start up business, youth group or school leaver looking for work.
  • Create ‘mini’ jobs – employ a student for 10-15 hours a week to perform tasks like data capturing, filing, gardening, needlework, etc) You’ll help them gain work experience and contribute towards their families’ food bills.
  • Teach your children business skills – Empowering children to turn anything into a business opportunity ensures that they will not be dependent on the job market for work.

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