Free Basics is an initiative by Facebook to provide people with access to useful services on their mobile phones in markets where Internet access may be less affordable.
The websites are available for free without data charges, and include news, employment, health, education and local information.
By introducing people to the benefits of the Internet through such websites, Facebook aims to bring more people online.
Free Basics is available to all Cell C subscribers in South Africa, as such, all Cell C subscribers can now access Giraffe’s mobile recruitment service using their cellphone without paying for any data.
Jobseekers using the Cell C network can make a CV on their cellphone by simply visiting FreeBasics.com on their cellphone browser or downloading the Free Basics Android app, and clicking on the Giraffe link.
“Even though Giraffe is already free for jobseekers, some people don’t even have enough money to buy data. Partnering with Facebook Free Basics will reduce the cost of finding a job even more,” said Shafin Anwarsha, Head of Product at Giraffe.
He added, “This is consistent with our strategy to remove all barriers for anyone seeking a job.”
Giraffe aims to reduce unemployment in South Africa by being the fastest and cheapest way for businesses to recruit medium skilled workers.
Launched in Gauteng in early 2015, Giraffe has attracted over 100 thousand medium-skilled jobseekers, invited over 25 thousand of them for interviews and placed candidates with hundreds of businesses, in industries including call centre, retail, admin and transport.
The startup recently launched in Cape Town and Durban, making its services available to thousands of jobseekers there.