Mu­si­cian launches app to com­bat un­em­ploy­ment

Pretoria News - - METRO - MPHO MO­TAUNG

GIGI La­mayne is spear­head­ing the fight against un­em­ploy­ment by be­ing a co-founder of an app that is aimed at cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Lay­mane wants to be more than one of the best South African fe­male artists and make a dif­fer­ence in her com­mu­nity.

My­fixer is an app that helps job seek­ers find em­ploy­ment, whether it is short or long term and was founded in 2015 due to the high un­em­ploy­ment rates in South Africa.

The dig­i­tal launch of the pro­gramme will take place on Satur­day.

“We are not say­ing that we’re go­ing to re­solve all the coun­try’s un­em­ploy­ment is­sues, but we’re def­i­nitely say­ing that it is an al­ter­na­tive if you’re sit­ting at home and you don’t know what to do with your­self,” said La­mayne.

Some of the jobs of­fered on the app in­clude home clean­ing, hair­dress­ing, paint­ing, car­pen­ter­ing, do­mes­tic work, plumbing, tu­tor­ing, baby sit­ting, fit­ness coach­ing and more.

The rap­per also said that peo­ple who wished to be a part of the pro­gramme had to go through a back­ground check where their in­for­ma­tion would be ver­i­fied.

Also, peo­ple who don’t have qual­i­fi­ca­tions may also ap­ply, pro­vided that they have good ref­er­ences.

La­mayne added that when one is part of the pro­gramme they may have to at­tend a work­shop event.

There they would be fur­ther as­sessed, as­sisted and pro­vided with free uni­forms and once hired, My­fixer would deduct 20% of the wages earned.

“We are do­ing ev­ery­thing from our own so­cial and fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal, we are ac­tu­ally look­ing for peo­ple to buy in.

“The peo­ple who make the big­gest changes are peo­ple who can be self­less just for one minute in their power of in­flu­ence, put down the mic some­times and re­mem­ber that you’re ac­tu­ally deal­ing with peo­ple, there are real is­sues and try to work your way around it.”

The pro­gramme is meant to cre­ate more jobs and re­duce un­em­ploy­ment rates.

La­mayne said in or­der for it to run long enough to help a large num­ber of peo­ple, spon­sors need to come for­ward and in­vest in the fu­ture of not only the com­mu­nity but South Africa as a coun­try.

Gigi La­mayne

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