Student helps others with job applications and self-employment
11 August 2022
By Moraka Mehale
A student from Makwarela village, near Thohoyandou town in Limpopo assists people with special needs with job applications for employment placement.
Mulamuleli Nemangaya launched the Great Voices programme in December 2021, not only to help those seeking employment, but also to identify opportunities for self-employment for those with talents.
Stats SA data on unemployment indicated a slight decrease from 35.3% in the fourth quarter of 2021 to 34.5% in the first quarter of 2022.
According to Nemangaya (21), disabled people find it difficult to be placed in both government and private sectors because of disabilities and information that could assist.
“Our programme accesses information of advertised posts on platforms to assist people with disabilities on job applications. A database with emails of radio stationshas been created to assist disabled singers to send out their music to be played on radio for their voices to be heard, which we believe is a way of getting gigs that can help them to survive,” Nemanganya says.
She adds that the programme is helping those writing books to get them published.
The programme is run on a volunteer basis by five members and has so far assisted seven people with various impairments with job applications.
Nemangaya, who is doing final–year of the N6 Management Assistant diploma at Boland College in Western Cape, added that, “The programme is not funded by anyone, and I use my own money to run it, to ensure that people are helped.” She runs Great Voicespart-time during recess and when visiting home.
She says her studies help her to understand the administrative process. “It is through the Management Assistant course that I understand administration and I like the idea that it has many options such as secretary, personal assistance and this pushed me to do it.” She intends to do an internship once she completes it.
One of the people who approached the programme after seeing its founder’s post on social media, is Rememberance Fhulufhelo Mohale (20) who has vision impairment. He says, “The programme [showed me] that despite my blindness, I can use my talent of music to survive. Hence, I am working on an album which will be self–survival employment through a talent.”
Nemanganya’s mother, Joyce, told ThisAbility that, “I am excited about this programme because Mulamuleli told me when it was an idea and now she has brought it to life.” She added that she was proud of her daughter for assisting disabled people despite her glaucoma condition.