National News/14 May 2022, 15:12pm/ Staff Writer
Durban businessman, Calvin Mathibeli and UKZN student Dumisani Ngobese:image supplied
Durban: In Less than 24 hours after his emotional graduation which moved many South Africans, 23-year-old Dumisani Ngobese has been offered a job.
Durban businessman, Calvin Mathibeli was so moved by Ngobese’s story that he decided to create a permanent post for the young graduate.
In addition to that, has undertaken to pay for Ngobese’s Honours degree studies which he is currently pursuing at UKZN.
Pictures of an emotional Ngubane in tears on stage were shared on UKZN’s social media platforms on Friday. The posts went viral with thousands of South Africans offering words of encouragement and some pledging various donations.
“I was so moved by his story because of his resilience but also because of the similarities that we have in terms of background. I spoke to him yesterday and I was very moved by his story,” said Mathibeli the owner of Calvin and Family Group of companies.
According to the 34-year-old businessman, the group of companies has interests in agriculture and minerals and has 12 subsidiaries with offices in seven provinces and a presence in Namibia and Lesotho.
“I had other vacancies but I thought let me create one, especially for Dumisani. He will be starting work on Monday, it will be a good position and a permanent one. He said he studying online and we will also be paying for his studies”.
Ngobese and Mathibeli met this afternoon to conclude the offer.
Mathibeli said he will also groom in business if this is the path that Ngobese also wants to explore. “Of course, business is not for everyone. What we will do is to find out what his dreams are and we will complement them,” he said.
Mathibeli said Ngobese’s story resonated with his own experiences. “I was also raised by my grandmother in a big family but our resilience has made us who we are. I want to ensure that Ngobese is able to earn a living so that he can also contribute to his family. All I need from him is to respect the job”.
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