Botswana: Youth Launches Job-Search Website aimed at locals and diaspora

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Having spent years in Australia and finding that Batswana graduates abroad find it difficult to get information about employment opportunities in Botswana, Jerry Mooketsi and his friends in Australia conceptualised an idea that gave birth to Zebra Job Connect. The new Zebra Job Connect established in 2007 is an online job board that promotes careers and employment opportunities across all the industries.

"I realised that students in Australia finished school but their future was uncertain. It got me thinking that we had people in Australia, South Africa and the UK. This was an idea that came into my mind", Mooketsi, who also doubles as managing director, explained last week when unveiling the job search engine.

Employers will post their job advertisements that will be accessed by thousands of graduates locally and those in the Diaspora. Mooketsi revealed that the website is an avenue for employers and prospective employees to connect nationally and internationally.

It will also try to fill the gap left by newspapers because they do not place job advertisements on their online editions. Job advertisements will be charged a minimum of P450 and could last until the job vacancy has been filled.

The website will also cater for foreigners who will be looking for holiday jobs that might come up in Botswana.The on line job board comes at a time when another job search engine Bots.Com was launched last week.

But Mooketsi is aware of his competitors although he is not bothered by the competition.

"I am confident that this idea will make it easier to access employment opportunities here. It will increase a pool of people employed in Botswana", argued Mooketsi.

Competition is healthy and it keeps people on their toes. It improves service and brings prices down", he later told Business Monitor about competition.

On the domestic market, Mooketsi was optimistic that it would make an impact looking at the Internet penetration in the country. He was impressed that Internet usage in Botswana has increased by over 300 percent since the start of this year, reaching over 60, 000 people.

As a way of gauging the market, Mooketsi revealed that they would be running free job advertising on the site until November 27. A statement from the company observed that the website will enable job seekers to search for employment opportunities throughout Botswana according to industry, location and salary level and apply online directly to respective organisations.

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