Social media have come together to help a young South African who went viral after “she didn’t get the job” for a cleaning position she applied for.


Jeanne Pienaar, a Capetonian business owner advertised a half day cleaning position online and was inundated with applications, but Nesia Chido’s CV stood out from the rest.

“The applicant said she had studied Law at Wits, so I couldn’t understand why she would apply for a humble cleaning position, when she should be lawyering it up.”

Jeanne phoned WITS to follow up and make sure her CV was real. Their department verified her marks and went on to explain that she also completed her studies Cum Laude and was awarded the Dean’s Merit prize for one of her subjects.

“I couldn’t allow this girl to give up on her dreams, so I came up with a plan to hopefully change her life.”

Jeanne phoned Nesi and asked her to come in for an “interview” for the position as a cleaner. The prospective employee opened up about sleeping in the library during her tuition as she couldn’t afford accommodation. She also explained that she had applied for the position to help pay off her student loan as she could not get her degree until it was cleared.

During the meeting Jeanne advised Nesi that instead of giving her a job, they would be helping to pay off her student loan.

“We will put the word out to all our clients and followers on social media and we will match whatever donations South Africans make, to pay off your outstanding student fees.”

GoodThingsGuy originally reported on the story and in just 2 days, readers have literally changed Nesia’s life.

The R53 000 goal was reached and surpassed. The money will be used to pay off her current student loan and all the rest will be going to Nesia to kick start her corporate life.

Through the article, Nesia has also been offered a position at one of the top law firms in the country, as well as somewhere to call a home.

Support for this young South African has been pouring in to assist her in every way possible.

South Africans want to do good, we want to see each other succeed and whenever called upon we always come together to help each other.

We thank all readers for their generosity and ask that today you continue the cycle of Ubuntu and help someone in need.

** The team at ClipinHair will be reporting back on the total amount raised and we will update the article accordingly – amounts deposited over weekends and public holidays usually take a day to be seen.

Sources: GoodThingsGuyClipinHair
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  1. I hope she in returns helps others, and i hope to not here kill the boere anytime soon…. Because regardless of how much good whites do we will always be a target to Africans!

    1. What? Why has this become a skin colour thing??? It’s a student who received help from a company and the community! Regards of skin colour! Your comment says more about you than on the story.

      1. I sooo concur! His/her comments say a lot about him/her than about Nesie! Well done South Africa. This is how we build a united a nd prosperous country. All the best to you Nesie, please pay it forward!

  2. I am so happy for you Nesia, in that you are on your way of realizing your dream to become an attorney and that your incredible perseverance under such difficult circumstances has been rewarded. A lessor person would probably have given up under the circumstances, so I salute your courage in the face of adversity – you are an inspiration to young people and especially to young woman – if you can dream it, it can happen and you made it happen. Well done!

    To Clipinhair, thank you for inspiring us with such a beautiful story – if, like you, each of us just take the time to try and understand the people who are sharing this journey of life with us, and their circumstances, and see in what small way each of us can make a difference, what an amazing world this could be. This proof once again the ripple effect of positive action, so well done ladies.

    To the people who contributed financially, this is such a demonstration of love and caring and you all make me so proud to be a South African!

    Stories like these gives me hope in humanity so thank you all.

  3. I love this girl’s spirit!

    Free university education just isn’t a reality right now, but Nesia did not let that stand in her way. She was determined to work as a cleaner for as long as it took to pay off her student debt. I respect that soo much!

    I do however dream of a day when every hard working, motivated student in the world will be able to earn their qualification through sheer hard work, when their financial background will have no bearing on their educational aspirations.

    Here’s to living in hope and living in love.

  4. Anonymous, I write as a ‘white’ girl who arrived in London with a law degree in the early 1990’s and the first person in my family to get a degree. I rarely comment on media, but your comment prompted me to respond. I get the frustration that you may be feeling but I am also concerned at the pain that you may be imposing on a young woman.

    Because of the recession at the time that I arrived in London I became a domestic cleaner for some time to make ends meet and to pay off my student loan, which I achieved a month before my daughter was born when I was 32. Today I have a PhD and am putting two children through private school with my partner.

    The humanity and hardships that I experienced during that period in London, however, have permanently altered my life. It gave me an opportunity to experience life from both the privilege of the qualified and the not, and to choose a path where I may make less money than if I had stayed in corporate life, where I got an opportunity after that year in London.

    I know that we can’t pick up every starfish on the beach – as a good friend said to me – but I am so grateful that some people thought I was a worthy one and picked me, not necessarily financially, but at least in spirit. So maybe we can also make a difference to one person at a time? Nesi seems to be one of those starfish. My sense is well done to her who didn’t ask for a media response, but was prepared to take the hard road. Exactly the kind of character we need to build a nation. And also to the company that raised this and who may have made a difference.

    There are hard dialogues that need to be had in our country which are overdue and your comment reflects that need, as much as the growth in, for example, the EFF which is the other side of your view. My feeling is that all of us bear a responsibility for that and to check what we have been doing to create those dialogues in the last few decades. But at the same time Nesi is a human being (and a young one at that) with her own journey. So when one’s heart is captured and donates to a situation like this (which I didn’t as I came across the post later) I think it is always worthwhile. We all have children who succeed, fail and succeed on their own terms, and most of us give to them unconditionally as parents – why are we demanding 100% from Nesi when perhaps some stood in as proxy parents who could give and most of us learn more through failure than ongoing success? And what are we demanding when you refer to giving back, does that mean donating 10% of her salary as a corporate lawyer or joining an NGO to empower poor black students or joining a movement which acknowledges the rights of whites? My sense is that when people do ‘people acts’ like this situation we all benefit because it can make us all believe in just that rainbow nation building spirit we had a couple of decades ago. We do it without judgment and criteria. That doesn’t just help Nesi who should be free to choose a path that children with parents who can pay get to have, we owe her some gratitude for allowing the people who helped her to get that feeling of being proxy financial parents and to also get their benefit.

    So my sense is that Nesi shouldn’t have to bear the pressure of conditional giving via social media comments – which doesn’t seem to have been the intention when the funds were raised or what she asked for. I just can’t see how that would help to healing our difficult dynamics – I can only believe that it would stimulate resentment and detract from what seems to be a just human response to a need.

    I hear your frustration with the current political situation but wouldn’t it be better for her to have the space to reflect on the life-line that she has been given and to decide how that should shape her career than to shroud the situation in ‘making her responsible’ for the whole dialogue taking place in our country at the moment and without acknowledging her own very personal circumstances? Could it also be an opportunity for whites reading this and who echo your views to reflect on what they have done to understand what is worry, hurt etc and what they can do to start the dialogue that is obviously needed and/ or whether they blur the comments of politicians with posts about the joy one feels in helping to contribute to one person’s journey? Just thoughts. But if Nesi happens to read this post, my message would be ‘reflect, but walk your truth’.

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