MTN Tackles Youth Unemployment With New Initiative

A golden opportunity to work with Robot Boii and Uncle Waffles

By  | Jun 20, 2022, 01:25 PM  | Top of the

Uncle Waffles and Robot Boii
ZAlebs is out in full force celebrating the launch of the 2022 #OnThePulse paid internship initiative by the leading mobile and telecommunications company- MTN.

The MTN Pulse initiative will give youths under 25 years a chance to win internships, mentorships, and a golden opportunity to work alongside industry leaders such as Robot Boii and Uncle Waffles who have been named as this years captains.

Stats SA recently reported that in the first quarter of 2022, the unemployment rate among young graduates (aged 15-24 years) declined from 40,3% to 32,6%. On the other hand, the unemployment rate for those aged between 25-34 years, rose by close to 7% reaching an overall high of 22.4%, although many have contested that number and believe it to be higher.

With such high numbers, it is refreshing to see corporations such as MTN stepping in to bridge that unemployment gap, by helping the younger generation of South Africans who are a critical driving force to the country's economic growth.

What is MTN Pulse?

The 2022 campaign #OnThePulse is a package deal aimed at youth between the ages of 17 and 25 specifically designed and offered by MTN.

The big idea behind the initiative is designed to empower the youth by allowing them to “Dream big, hustle harder and blaze a trail with a price plan made only for under-25s”. The initiative also aims to equip the youth with skills and working experience to make them more employable within the workforce

MTN’s #OnThePulse with Paid Internships this Youth Month


MTN invited members of the media, past participants and celebs to the #OnThePulse campaign launch event that took place on Tuesday, 14 June 2022.

During the event, last year’s initiative captain Uncle Vinny, handed over the baton to this year's new Captains, Robot Boii and Uncle Waffles

The two prominent personalities and industry innovators lead a group of six captains who will be tasked with mentoring the MTN Pulse Class of 2022 Interns. Each was chosen for their knowledge and expertise in their respective careers.

Former OnThePulse Captain, Uncle Vinny, source: Instagram

In addition to Robot Boii and Uncle Waffles, this year's interns will also have the opportunity to work with acclaimed director and producer, Thabang Moleya, leading fashion agent, Annette Pringles-Kolsch, Youth at MTN Pulse Manager, Mirriam Mathebula. The interns will then get an opportunity to intern for Def Jam Africa, how amazing is that?

#OnThePulse 2022 Captains

How to be part of the #OnThePulse paid internship

In order to stand a chance to be part of this year's #OnThePulse paid internship, all you need to do is follow these easy steps:

  1. Switch to MTN then dial *411# to join MTN Pulse. 
  2. Post a video of yourself on social media showing what you are doing and how you are doing it your way - whether its Fashion, Music, Sports, Food or Content Creation
  3. Use #OnThePulse & tag @MTNza
  4. Must be under 25 years old.

Easy, right?

Speaking on the goal of OnThePulse and how it stems from the success of 2021’s initiative, MTN Pulse’s Mirrian Matebula said,

“MTN is a brand that’s all about Africa’s progress. Likewise, our #OnThePulse platform will work to enable the youth of SA to turn their passions into professions. This is our way of flipping the script and opening the doors for the youth.”  

In her conclusion, Mathebula explained the value of the youth in economic growth.
“Our youth form an integral part of growing the economy, and the onus is on corporate SA to invest in equipping the youth with education, skills, and opportunities to progress. Our youth are our future workforce, and only by working together will we be able to make a positive change.” 

Image credit: @mini_photography
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