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

Margaret Mokgaetjie Mboyana (30) who goes by the name “Maggy Mo”, is the 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 spiralling 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 CV’s 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 and the Mining Qualifications Authority. Its bluechip clients include Bidvest, IT services group EOH, Momentum, Caffe d’Oro, and student accommodation provider South Point.

Mboyana said matching job seekers to job offers at prospective 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,” she said.