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‘Ignore it.’ Facebook ad for jobs at South Africa’s transport department ‘is a scam’

A fake job advert published on Facebook by known scam page “Jobs learnership and bursary” claims South Africa’s transport department is seeking road workers “to start work urgently”.

The ad, posted on 16 June 2019, says people with grade 10 to 12 qualifications will take up the “permanent positions” and must be willing to “work hard and learn”.

To apply, people must comment “Help” and the page promises to reach them “within ten minutes”.

“Yesterday we inboxed everyone who commented ‘Help’ on our previous job post. Click share and check your inbox in 10 minutes. Please have a helping heart and click ‘SHARE’ for others to see this,” it reads.

Africa Check has recently exposed a number of fake job ads posted on the “Jobs learnership and bursary” page – for nonexistent jobs with the South African police, Transnet, Netcare and South African Social Security Agency.

No link to official website

The link in this ad doesn’t go to the vacancy section of the transport department’s official website. It just leads to a Wordpress blog

And its application procedure is strange. Most organisations ask applicants to send their CV and covering letter to an official email address. The ad wants to communicate with jobseekers via the Facebook inbox.

‘It is a scam’

Africa Check showed the ad to Phutha Mohlala, the department of transport’s deputy director for recruitment and selection.

“Please ignore it. It is a scam,” he told us. – Dancan Bwire


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