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Nel­son Man­dela Metropoli­tan Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate Luzuko Zazi was among Ko­mani grad­u­ates who stood at the busy in­ter­sec­tion of Cath­cart and Robin­son roads on Tues­day as part of the na­tional #HireAGrad­u­ate move­ment.

A GROUP of Ko­mani grad­u­ates from var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties took to Cath­cart Road on Wed­nes­day morn­ing with plac­ards, beg­ging for jobs at the traf­fic lights in the CBD.

Or­gan­iser Zandile No­canda said #HireAGrad­u­ate was a cam­paign driven by un­em­ployed grad­u­ates in the province.

“This ini­tia­tive aims to create a plat­form to voice our thoughts and griev­ances as we feel the pain of not work­ing to pro­vide for our fam­i­lies,” No­canda said.

Face­book and What­sapp groups had also been set up to spread aware­ness and gar­ner sup­port.

Uni­ver­sity of Fort Hare grad­u­ate Mz­imkhulu Dwyili has been un­em­ployed for four years.

“I am the only grad­u­ate at home and I thought I would be able to change things around for my family, but I find my­self hav­ing to de­pend on ca­sual jobs.”

A mass gath­er­ing for all East­ern Cape un­em­ployed grad­u­ates is planned to take place in Bhisho at a date yet to be an­nounced.

Pic­ture: BHONGO JA­COB

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