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Wednesday, 25 May 2016
South Africa's unemployment crisis: Begging for jobs
Thanks to the publicity, Ms Malwandle's future seems secure after a number of prospective employers phoned in, offering her a job.
The South African government has come under fire from its political opponents who blame it for the country's economic woes.
One in four people in the labour force failed to find work in 2015, a far cry from the government's goal of reducing unemployment to below 15% by 2014.
The government insists it has made progress in tackling youth unemployment, though Buti Manamela, the minister in charge of youth development, admits there is a crisis.
He says the government has been the biggest employer.
"But this is unsustainable, the private sector has to come in," the minister says.
Most days in downtown Johannesburg, university students line up to drop off their CVs at a job-seekers centre called Harambee.
The organisation tries to link young people who are currently locked out of the formal economy with prospective employers.
They are taught about the dos and don'ts of how to handle themselves during job interviews - and tips such as having professional email addresses.
"In most cases, young people are not aware of job opportunities that exist, so we go out there to recruit them," says Lebo Nke, an Harambee executive.
Looking for a job takes up a lot of energy.
Harambee has also found that feeding job seekers makes things a little easy for them.
"Just by introducing peanut butter sandwiches and fruit, test assessment scores went up by 30%, because many of them come to our centres very hungry and therefore not able to put their best foot forward," says Ms Nke.
Ms Malwandle may have captured the heart of the nation with her innovative way of getting the attention of potential employers.
But the hundreds of thousands of graduates who remain unemployed cut face are unlikely to be so lucky.