Addressing Youth Unemployment – The President’s Priority and Giraffe’s


This week, Giraffe attended the Presidential launch of the Youth Employment Service (YES) in Johannesburg. Led by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the CEO initiative, and supported by labour and youth organisations, YES aims to place one million first time jobseekers between the ages of 18 and 34 into 12 month employment contracts, with the aim of making them more employable and securing permanent work in the future.


The YES initiative launches amid the highest level of unemployment in years, and represents a significant change in direction from the government, following the election of new leadership. It is also an inclusive programme that involves multiple partners from across the youth employment ecosystem.


YES is fully aligned with Giraffe’s vision of making employment opportunities more accessible for first time jobseekers and medium skilled workers using their mobile device.


Giraffe is committed to supporting the principles of the YES initiative, and today embarks on a programme to identify job opportunities that are specifically suitable for first time jobseekers. Whilst Giraffe is already placing hundreds of first time jobseekers into permanent employment each month, the intent is to increase this several fold over the coming months.


“It is so encouraging to see not only President Ramaphosa but so many cabinet members and corporates getting together to address the issue of youth unemployment,” said Giraffe spokesperson Shaheen Karodia, “More than two thirds of Giraffe users fall between the ages of 18 and 34 and so this is an issue that we are very passionate about solving.”


Since launching its low cost recruitment service in Johannesburg in 2015, Giraffe has since expanded to Cape Town, Durban and the rest of South Africa. Giraffe has helped businesses in call centre, financial services, retail and manufacturing recruit thousands of candidates across the country.


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3 thoughts on “Addressing Youth Unemployment – The President’s Priority and Giraffe’s

  • 11th April 2018 at 10:46 am

    Over the past six months, Giraffe has invited over 50,000 people for interviews and thousands of people have got permanent jobs. However, we realise that many people have not been invited for an interview yet, which is why we are working round the clock to try to get more businesses to find staff through Giraffe.

    Giraffe is working with many businesses that are hiring! To get the best job opportunities, make sure your CV is up to date – go to

  • 20th April 2018 at 11:08 am

    Dear Giraffe team

    I just discovered you a few minutes ago on Linkedin and am a big admirer of your vision and the work that you’re doing. How do ordinary citizens, touched by the sorry state of SA youth unemployment, like me, play a part in assisting your cause? How do we help to ensure, that even those who may not be exposed to your platform (yet) are reached and guided on how to increase their prospects for a placement?

    Best Regards,
    Li Ndube


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