Keabetswe Jan praised for using Twitter to help unemployed graduates

15 April 2019 - 13:33 By Cebelihle Bhengu
Keabetswe Jan has been using Twitter to share job opportunities.
Keabetswe Jan has been using Twitter to share job opportunities.
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Keabetswe Jan, who coined the infamous "O Je wa ke eng" tweet, has been hailed as the gift that keeps on giving for her attempts to help unemployed tweeps land their first jobs.

The jobs thread was birthed by responses to"O je wa ke eng", which loosely translates to "what's troubling you?".

Hundreds of responses came from qualified youths, who lamented the lack of employment opportunities - regardless of being qualified - as their biggest worry. 

With the help of a friend, Jan looked up job openings in different fields to share on Twitter, in the hope that it would change someone's life for the better.

"We took pictures of job posts and some of them were sent directly to me by my Facebook followers. We compiled them to share with those in need," she said.

Jan said although she was aware of the country's high unemployment rate, the number of responses was surprising. "The number of unemployment-related responses absolutely came as a shock. I didn't expect so many from unemployed graduates," she said.

She added that it was important for her to use Twitter as a platform to spread positivity and kindness.

"My attitude is, if I don't do it, then who will? I know what it's like to be in some of those situations and so I want people to be kind to one another."