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18 Mar 2018
5:41 pm

Wierzycka caught in Twitter storm over job creation

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The Sygnia CEO says she made the comments because she 'thought it was a practical solution to a short-term serious problem of people living on social grants.'

Magda Wierzycka. Twitter

Billionaire businesswoman Magda Wierzycka – who recently offered a reward for the arrest of  Ajay Gupta – has pledged R200 000 towards job creation as a peace offering after she caused a storm on Twitter for saying more domestic workers and gardeners were needed as part of the solution to deal with the high rate of unemployment in the country.

In a tweet that has gone viral, Wierzycka said on Saturday morning: “I often get asked‚ how can I help SA? Our biggest challenge = job creation. A thought: let every household employ just 1 more cleaning lady or gardener. Just 1. I know it’s a financial sacrifice. But we all need to sacrifice if we are to save SA. Imagine the impact.”

The tweet, which Wierzycka later deleted, led to an uproar with the platform’s users slamming her for her suggestion on job creation.

One of the critics was economist Thabi Leoka who disagreed with the Sygnia CEO.

She tweeted in response: “No Magda! Let’s create a country of scientists‚ economists‚ lawyers‚ neurologists‚ cardiologists … not servants!”.

Leoka said in another tweet: “Corporates and wealthy people can fund entrepreneurs‚ teach people how to run their businesses‚ train people to become artisans —boilermakers‚ plumbers‚ electricians etc and support them by hiring them once they are skilled.”

Though Wierzycka responded positively to the counter suggestion,  she, however, added that the economist’s solution seemed not to consider the “11 million unemployed adults and social grant recipients who just need to support their families”.

Wierzycka eventually withdrew her comment and apologised to anyone who might have been offended by her tweet.

She said she had initially made the comments because she “thought it was a practical solution to a short-term serious problem of people living on social grants.”

But black Twitter wasn’t so forgiving. Here’s what tweeps thought of Wierzycka’s comments:

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