South Sudan wants 20,000 Zim graduates

Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
THERE is a ray of hope for unemployed graduates as South Sudan wants 20,000 Zimbabweans to work in different fields in the North African country.
The graduates will be paid United Nations international rates for expatriates which are far more than salaries most Zimbabweans are paid in foreign countries.

In June last year, the government invited those who graduated from the country’s tertiary institutions since 1980 to forward their names for possible employment outside the country while it works on various ways of creating employment as espoused in its economic blueprint, Zim-Asset.

Negotiations with a number of countries that include South Africa are on the cards.
Next week, the government will sign a memorandum with South Sudan to pave way for 20,000 Zimbabweans to work in that country.

Addressing academics, business leaders and government officials at the first annual Midlands State University (MSU) interface meeting in Gweru on Tuesday, the deputy director of higher education programmes in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Caleb Mharapira, said South Sudan wanted 20,000 professionals in different fields.

He said those who will be employed will leave for South Sudan “shortly”.
Mharapira said the government was still debating on which proposal to adopt between making the expatriates remit 25 percent of their salary back to their families or depositing it into a pool monitored by the government.

“There should be at least a percentage that will be remitted back to the country or directly into a government pool and we’re still looking at the proposals. So what it means is that their families, our banks and the government will benefit from their salaries,” said Mharapira.

He said those to be employed in South Sudan will be paid UN rates for expatriates.
Mharapira however said if people listen to the BBC and CNN, they would refuse to go and work in South Sudan because the media houses paint a gloomy picture of that country just as they do on Zimbabwe.

He said the government had also finished laying the ground work for graduates to go and work in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

Mharapira said they were still negotiating with South Africa and Malawi for possible MoUs.
“We’ve done the groundwork for those intending to work in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia and negotiations are underway with Malawi and South Africa. We want our graduates to be paid UN expatriates rates. In South Africa, our graduates are at the moment negotiating their salaries which shouldn’t be the case,” he said.

He said Britain and other European countries made it by exporting their human resources across the globe and this is what Zimbabwe is doing.

Mharapira said the graduates will be taken from the database of unemployed graduates which the government created. Last year, he said, the government called on unemployed graduates to register for possible job placements both abroad and locally.

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  • Buffalojump

    Is what the government calls value added. Educate young people and have them go to other countries to work and make sure foreign money is sent back to Zimbabwe.

    Educating quality graduates is very expensive. I would have thought it would be better to have work for graduates to stay in Zimbabwe and work. How wrong I was.

    • DABUL’KHETHE

      boko haram will feast on you makhanka

  • Giyani Giyani

    Officialised border jumping!

    • Bul-24/7

      Hahahahaha … Very clever of you; But you forgot the part about officialised pimping!

  • Max

    officialized brain drain

  • Mpisi

    Laughable. Listen to me my fellow country men and women. Do you want a job where you are told what to do with your money? Laughable, ludicrous if you ask me. This is pimping at its best for the uninitiated. That’s what pimps do, ask you to sell your body , when the deed is done, you give them 25% of what you charge, in the meantime they claim they will find more clients for you. Only fools would sign up for such rubbish. South Sudan is one of the most primitive societies in Africa led by very primitive leaders. It’s dubbed one of the biggest killer grounds of Aids. The list of diseases is endless.” Besides the deadly HIV/AIDS, dengu fever, meningococcal meningitis, bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, African trypanosomiasis popularly known as “sleeping sickness”, rabies, hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, etc., continue to threaten several lives in South Sudan today.” Quoted from Africaw.com
    Mgodoyi realizes he is sitting on a time bomb and his solution is to bus out all the graduates, breaking up families in the process fire fighting problems that he caused in the first place. Robert Gabriel Mgodoyi has run out of ideas and solutions to all the problems this nation is facing neither does he have the energy. This man is done, he is so done! He is no longer fit to run the country he needs to take a hike, he has to go!

    • Essexvale

      Very well informed and articulate comments. Pleasure reading your contributions today!

      • Mpisi

        I am humbled.

        • Mahlabathi

          Uyisi hlephu somuntu. I am hum……?. Shame. blind people leading one another.

          • Zeb

            You are the blind one always singing Zanu tunes. To you they can do no wrong. I wish you knew how stupid you sound.

          • Mahlabathi

            All human beings have erred so what is so special about Zn(PF).

  • koka

    so the graduates will be forced to remit money to a zanu pool. this pool is surely going to be abused. maybe south sudan needs the people to work there but i dont see other african countries like SA who are battling high unemployment falling for zanu’s stupid policy. worse still this guy is talking about copying UK style of exporting skills. that was centuries ago, nowadays technology has made it possible for skills to be based in one country whilst rendering services overseas. IT & medical fields are some of the examples where skills in India render services to US companies without even setting foot in the US. zanu is copying an obsolete idea and its bound to fail.
    zanumustfall

  • Mpisi

    Mharapira send your own children there let’s see.
    Bona can be sent there as well I guess she is an unemployed graduate and 25% of her pay can go in the ZANU pool as well.

  • Mpisi

    Talk of xenophobia, this idiot Mharapira wants to put zimbabwean citizens in harms way .

    War-torn South Sudan has banned all foreign workers — including aid workers — and ordered they be replaced by locals, an official notice said on Tuesday.

    South Sudan Capital Juba
    
“All non-governmental organisations, private companies, banks, insurance companies, telecommunication companies, petroleum companies, hotels and lodges working in South Sudan are directed to notify all the aliens working with them in all the positions to cease working as from 15th October,” said a government statement, published in several newspapers.
    The order said the organisations and companies should advertise the positions — ranging from receptionists to executive directors — so that they can be filled by “competent South Sudanese nationals”.
    The impending expulsion of foreign workers comes despite warnings that the country, gripped by civil war for the past nine months, is on the brink of famine.

    South Sudan is also heavily dependent on a network of international aid groups for humanitarian assistance for 1.3 million people who have been internally displaced by the conflict.
    The international NGO Global Witness, which campaigns to prevent natural resource-related conflict and corruption, said the order was “disturbing”.
    “It is disturbing that the South Sudanese government is attempting to expel trained aid workers at a time of a grave humanitarian crisis,” the group said.
    “The decision demonstrates a total disregard for the lives of the 1.3 million citizens displaced by this oil-fuelled conflict,” it said, adding that the government “risks crippling the economy”.

  • Mpisi

    Just like a pimp, the govt doesn’t care, all they are interested in is the 25 % , whether you are forced to do things that you don’t agree with , you have to bring the money.
    Sometimes I think it is better to be a bum cleaner (bbc) in England at least you are treated with dignity and you know you will be paid and all the money is yours & you can do as you please. Do not sign up for this rubbish!

  • bakwena

    Why take our graduates to a war zone, why-list there are developed countries that will further our skilled graduates? Politicians do not sacrifice some people’s children ,take your green bombers there , they are well trained for that.

    • Nkunzemnyama

      Green bombers,,,,,,kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk u kill me.

      • Mahlabathi

        What about your Pink bombers who have looted resources of Africans for ages.

        • Lunga

          Idiot

        • mkhusto

          What of uyihlomkhulu osebulele ilizwe

          • Mahlabathi

            ………. ilizwe?. Kikikikikikikikiiiiiiiii. Do you know what you are talking about?. I just feel pity for your former teachers- what a useless product.

    • Mahlabathi

      There many Zimbos in the M/East right now. The Govt. is not forcing anybody here. Only those who are keen to go there will be taken. Your noise is unwarranted.

      • Jayden Bango

        There is danger in Sudan. Government must not be seen as sending people in harm’s way.

        • Mahlabathi

          No one is being forced to go. This a voluntary exercise. People were killed in South Africa. What is special here.

          • Jayden Bango

            Nothing special . Difference is when they flocked to SA it was NOT government . In Sudan case government has offered opportunity to its citizens to work in a war zone. And thats contrary to its duty of protecting its people. Obviously anyone can go work anywhere

          • Zuze

            Why don’t you go instead of getting ghost money Xamu.

          • Mahlabathi

            U Xamu nguwe. I have never been attracted by the civil service. ghost money?. From where?. kikikikiikikikiiiiiii. You are having nightmares. Assumptions and more assumptions, shame.

      • Lunga

        You idiot!they are desperate for jobs as the only jobs they’l get in Zim are at chicken inn and hair salons!

      • mkhusto

        Yindaba ungahambi lawe uyesebenzela uyihlomkhulu

        • Mahlabathi

          Ndoda ungabo delela amanye amadoda. Nxa izandla zakho zikuhlupha, mina ngile nduku. Mpethu.

    • chirandu_mukuru

      That place is full of deadly diseases…and war.

      • Marial – South Sudan

        Have you heard of the outbreak of Ebola or Zika in South Sudan? What do you mean by dangerous disease? If it is HIV, it is higher in ZIM and my fear is that this graduates of yours will bring HIV to South Sudan.

  • musa

    great move gvt. but the 25%? i have my misgivings.

    • Mpisi

      Musa this is a matter that one has to think through, given to what the govt has done to some of our nationals that have gone off shores under the very govt. of pimps. A few days ago we read about the fire fighters at our airports who were sent to work in DRC under a govt arrangement and there was an agreement signed on what they will earn for their sweat. But to their shock and dismay they were robbed blind by this Mgodoyi govt. They have pursued the legal channels, and the result is no one wants to accept responsibility to this broad daylight robbery. these young unemployed graduates need to understand that they are dealing with dishonest politicians. The govt is not being sincere about reducing unemployment , they have a vested interest because they see an opportunity to make money. This is why they mention the 25%. There are trying to raise money on your backs.

      • musa

        you do raise valid points, when a person is desperate he is usually easy to con.

        • Mpisi

          Exactly, my point.

        • Mahlabathi

          Since you suffer from the same disease , there is no way you can view issues differently, nwabu.

          • musa

            seeking relevance Jotham?

  • Nkunzemnyama

    The worst think to ever happen in the whole universe was the formation of zanu. Damn ! They know very well that ppl are desperate and now want to send them to die in S Sudan. Why cant S Sudan employ graduates from neighbouring countries ?

  • Me to Stupid Zimbabwe

    We need our graduates just as much as Sudan needs them. It’s a shame that for almost 20 years now foreign countries have utilised and in even converted some of our graduates to address gaps needed in their countries and they really reap the benefits.

    • Essexvale

      The only difference is that we can’t employ all of them under prevailing circumstances.

  • Bongani Dlamini

    You will have to be a serious fool to believe this nonsense.

    • Mahlabathi

      Since you are the original fool. Why should others fail to follow?.

  • Martin Chipimo

    The graduates will be paid UN Rates….By who? Can Sudan afford UN rates? The Sudanese don’t want to work and earn this kind of salaries? ZANU PF!!!!

  • Essexvale

    The government’s utterances on this issue are fraught with grey areas. Whether this is intentional or not is unclear; though I personally suspect that the former is true. First there is the aspect of government using the opportunity to palm off the troublesome problem of unemployed and potentially agitative graduates to the South Sudanese. Then there is also the claim that the exporting of our graduates will dovetail into the dubious Zimsset policy document that among other things espouses providing employment for 2 million citizens by 2018. As I understand it, the employment envisaged in this document is supposed to benefit Zim through utilising skills by graduates in order to strengthen our nation politically, socially and economically. Then there is the issue of remuneration to be doled out to the successful applicants. It’s said to be calculated to UN specification. Will the poverty stricken north African nation be able to sustain such a heavy salary bill for these expatriate workers? Bottom line: The Z party led government will have to commit itself towards transformative policies that will embrace good governance and the rule of law, thereby making our country once again attractive to job creating and livelihood improving investment.

  • Roell

    This just shows how our government has failed its citizens in terms of growing the economy , thus creating employment opportunities at different levels. If all was well in ones country I don’t think anyone can really want to separate with their families to go and work in a potentially volatile country and literally bankroll the very same party that has brought misery to the country.

    • Mahlabathi

      South africa has enjoyed free labour since time immemorial. remember wenela slaves. This is not something new. Kumangalisa izihlephu ezinje ngawe.

      • Roell

        Keep your ignorance to yourself. Wenala era was not slavery , neither was it free labour. You seem not to comprehend the difference between free labour and cheap labour.

        • Mahlabathi

          slavery and Wenela…… are different?. kikikikikikikikiiiiiiii. Free labour and Cheap ….. are different?. hahaahaahaahaa, kikikikikikikikiiii. Shame on you. There is no difference, njaaa.

          • Roell

            Iif you see someone trading insults in a social platform for discussion , you know you arguing with an idiotic village bully and I will not waste my time insulting back.

          • Mahlabathi

            The choice is yours. So this is not ………arguing with an idiotic village bully?. i wonder .

          • Orwell

            you moron

          • Mahlabathi

            Your opinion serves no purpose.

          • Zeb

            Inja ngunyoko owazala umgaxa.

          • Mahlabathi

            I have the ability to insult your parents as well but because I am not stupid , I will not insult people who are not privy to this debate. Mgodoyi.

  • Jayden Bango

    Good luck with SA.

  • Orwell

    It is just Wanela all over again, and in the 1980′s this government said that what the South Africans was doing was evil, and THEY banned it. SHAME on them.

  • Kaycee

    How does one register on this database though. I never saw an advert or public notice of it

  • Mixed Race

    It looks like people like @@disqus_fTS56c0s4Z:disqus are completely ignorant of what is behind this exercise.Why should a responsible government send its graduates to a dangerous war zone? The answer is simple-this government is broke so they need money from these so-called employees exported to a war zone.Read the statement carefully,you will realise that a certain percentage of their salaries will be controlled by the government.This is different from Wenela because the government which allowed that was an illegal government,therefore everything they did was considered illegal.
    The country they are going has zero resources thus their lives will be in danger,thus why the UN sends police there to try and stabilise it politically.It is surprising that our government speaks of our labour being exported to neighbouring countries when we get many cases of those being told that their contracts are no longer required.Botswana and Zambia do not really need any more of our so-called skilled labour,because they have developed theirs over the years.Go to botswana and see how many Zambian nurses and doctors are there ,but their contracts are gradually being terminated.
    Please we need whole truth from our authorities.

  • mkhusto

    Heartless government. You don’t care about the dangers they will face what you care about is the money they will make. Uphelelwe uhulumende okamgabe

  • Bolt

    it seems everyone has a different perspective on this issue and its normal. “If everyone is thinking alike that means someone is not thinking”. Its up to the so called Graduates to take the offer or not, Im sure they are educated enough to make their own decisions.

  • Top S’gelekeqe

    And when we say we want Zulu speaking teachers from SA to come teach our children in Matebeleland you have a problem with that? Sickening tribalists.
    You have no problem with South Sudan. You have no problem with sourcing Venda language advisors and material from University of Venda in SA for the Great Zimbabwe University.
    Your only problem is with Zulu? Eish – these people my man. Their tribalism stinks to high heavens!!