Lulaway to find jobs for Stuttafords employees

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Published Jul 12, 2017


Cape Town – Lulaway on Wednesday offered to place 15% of the

approximately 800 people who will lose their jobs when Stuttafords closes its

doors at the end of this month.

The entry level recruitment

company urges corporate South

Africa to come forward with job offers for

the retail chain’s out-of-job staff.

Lulaway Chief Executive Officer, Jakes Willis,

visited one of the Stuttafords stores over the weekend and wondering what would

happen to all the people who were about to lose their jobs. 

“I chatted to a few

well-trained, well-groomed and competent sounding employees in the store and

realised that something needed be done. If you consider the social multiplier

effect, where 12 people are affected when one person loses his or her job, then

about 9 000 people will be affected by the job losses at Stuttafords,” said Willis. 

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Lulaway is about building

partnerships aimed at linking government funders, willing job seekers and

private sector employers in mutually beneficial synergies. Willis’ is willing to

challenge other companies in South

Africa to consider doing so too.

“We are aiming to place all

800 people, but can commit to 126 people for now. At Lulaway, we immediately

committed to employing 50 of these people. As we are a medium sized enterprise,

this is a significant commitment”. 

“While we do not have the

capacity to employ all 800, we do have strong relationships with clients in the

retail and services sector that always need experienced employees,” said


In addition to Lulaway

employing 50 people, its clients, Dischem and Bidvest Protea Coin, Mr Price

Group and PQ Clothing have committed to placing 76 people in total. Willis is

in discussion with several other clients to determine whether they can place additional

Stuttafords staff members.

Willis said it was a tragedy

when competent and skilled people lose their jobs, especially given South Africa’s

current high unemployment rate and economic downturn.

“I am aware the country is

in a recession, but there are jobs out there for people who have the necessary

skills, commitment and drive. Transformation is only possible when we come

together for the greater good of the individual and the economy,” said Willis.


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