30 Jobs in 30 Days!

We don’t have answers to all the problems in our country, but we do believe through taking action, we can make a small difference. We invite the SMEs of South Africa to work with us on this campaign and show the country how entrepreneurship can make a real difference.

About the campaign

There are many small business owners who will employ an intern if they get the right person at the right price and through a process that’s simple and easy. On the other side, there are many young South Africans who would be willing to take on a short term internship in exchange for experience and the possibility of making it permanent.

We want to facilitate that connection and over the next 30 days, we will aim to connect 30 unemployed South Africans with an internship at 30 small businesses.

Interested? Here’s how it works:

Details of the commitment:

We are looking for small businesses and unemployed youngsters who would be willing to commit to an internship with the following conditions:

  1. Area: Gauteng 
  2. Period: 3 months
  3. Salary: R4000 per month

Type of work:

One of the following 3 categories (these three job categories are the most in-demand with our SMEs):


This generally includes answering phones, taking memos and maintaining files. Administrators may also be in charge of sending and receiving correspondence, as well as greeting clients and customers.

Social media & marketing

This category is broad and includes a range of creative jobs that fall within the marketing and branding umbrella. Skills in this field include photography, videography, graphic design, copywriting, social media management, strategic thinking and more. These interns will be involved in tasks such as the creation of content for social media platforms; finding and engaging new avenues to promote the business; collaborating on marketing planning and campaigns; performing office administration duties and more.


These are representatives who work with customers to find out what they want, create solutions and ensure a smooth sales process. You will work to find new sales leads through business directories and client referrals etc.

We will accept form submission until close of business on 24 September 2019, whereafter we will process the forms submitted and will contact business owners with potential candidates.

The business owners will be responsible to set up interviews and go through the hiring process. Our team at sme.africa will provide guidance throughout this process in the form of:

  • Giving business owners legal templates incl. An employment agreement.
  • Assisting with any queries.
  • Advising on best practises. 
  • Mini work readiness programmes before interns commence their duties.

Any employment agreement will be concluded directly with the business owner and the intern and sme.africa will purely be facilitating the process at no cost to any party.

Any questions?

Send us an email at 30jobs@sme.africa and the team will revert back as soon as humanly possible.

Follow this journey

We’ll be documenting this campaign on social media over the following 30 days. Use this hashtag to track our progress and to be part of this with us.

Launching the campaign:

Our plan to create 30 jobs:

#SME30Jobs in the media

eNCA with Marcelle Gordon:
Talk702 with Bruce Whitfield: