Another chemical engineering graduate is begging for a job at robots

Sello Mokate Picture: supplied
Sello Mokate Picture: supplied

When Sello Mokate‚ 30‚ graduated with a B-tech in Chemical Engineering two years ago‚ he didn’t imagine himself selling naartjies at the robots.

The Free State graduate turned street vendor resorted to selling his fruit by the busy R104 and R24 intersection in Rustenburg town to provide for himself.

 “I live alone and I have no one to buy me food every day or clothes‚ so I had to do something‚” he said.

 “It pains me that I rely on my older brother and parents for provisions but I have a B-tech.” he added.

 Mokate received his qualification from the University of Johannesburg in 2014 after he was granted a bursary by the National Skills Fund.

 He was employed once by a chemical company in Randburg‚ Johannesburg‚ before his contract expired and he returned home.

 “I thought I would be employed by now but I have sent countless emails and I went to a number of interviews with no success.”

 Mokate started his job search by the robots early this month.

A picture of Mokate taken by a passerby‚ Siyabonga Dywili‚ on Tuesday is currently making the rounds on social media in hopes of getting him a job.

“I was passing by the robot when I saw him standing there with his box. I had to make a u-turn so I can talk to him and get a picture of him. I believe in the power of social media and I was hoping it will help him‚” Dywili told TMG Digital.

He is the second person with a chemical engineering qualification to take to the streets with a placard looking for a job.

Earlier this week a young woman by the name of Anthea Malwandle‚ who holds a BTech degree from the Vaal University of Technology‚ took to the streets of Rosebank in Johannesburg to look for a job. She has received several job offers including an offer of a learnership from Sasol.

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