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Margaret Mo. Mboyana

“ There is no job seeker that we have assisted that is not currently employed. ”

Depressed and suicidal job seekers have spurred a young businesswoman to extend a lifeline to the unemployed through her Johannesburg-based recruitment agency.

Margaret Mokgaetjie Mboyana, 30, who goes by the name “Maggy Mo”, is founder and chief executive of CV Desk, which she established in Randburg in 2015.

The unemployment scourge in South Africa, which rose to 27.2% in the second quarter of 2018 from 26.7% in the first quarter, motivated her to shift her focus from bidding for lucrative government tenders to engage the spiraling crisis.

CV Desk matches suitable candidates to available job opportunities at some JSE-listed companies in the country. They also have an online jobs portal where job seekers upload their CVs and where employers post vacancies.

The company is a member of the Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations. Mboyane said she started in entrepreneurship 10 years ago, supplying office furniture, groceries and general supplies for government institutions. Through the government tenders she landed, she managed to raise enough capital to start CV Desk, owing to her concerted campaign against unemployment.

The company services the Department of Basic Education, the Banking Sector Education and Training Authority, the Mining Qualifications Authority. Its bluechip clients include Bidvest, IT services group EOH, Momentum, Caffe d’Oro, and student accommodation provider South Point.

CV Desk is also in the preferred supplier list of Woolworths, Absa, and mining giant Lonmin. Maggy Mo said matching the unemployed to job offers at these companies was one of her passions. One of the things she noticed when starting in the industry was that many job seekers struggled to put together a comprehensive CV and did not know where to look for employment.

“We do the whole 360 degrees with our clients, starting with how your CV is compiled, to where you are applying, how to conduct interviews and what to do after the interview.”


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