Beware of fake job and bursary ads - 17 June 2024

Department of Health 2024/06/19 - 22:00

The Gauteng Department of Health wishes to warn the public of the continuing emergence of fake job, internship and bursary advertisements that are aimed at exploiting the desperate socio-economic conditions of many people who are in the job market.

In the latest scam, a fake advert has been circulating on the "Youth Opportunities Hub" website inviting people to apply to study towards a Diploma in Nursing in 2024 at one of the Gauteng College of Nursing (GCoN) campuses. The Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) does not advertise bursaries and vacancies on any platform except through official platforms such as the Gauteng Online portal, Department of Public Service and Administration circular which is published on DPSA website, official departmental social media platforms and mainstream media.

Motalatale Modiba, GDoH Head of Communication said that the public should remain vigilant as some of these fake bursary and job advertisements ask applicants to pay an amount of money in exchange for consideration or promise the public that they will be paid thousands of rands in a form of a stipend. 

"The public must not fall prey to these bogus adverts. Those behind these fake opportunities know that when people are desperate they let their guard down. GCoN has not yet advertised nursing training opportunities for the 2025 intake.  

"We will never ask people to pay for study bursary, internships or job opportunities within the department. The minute you are asked to pay something that is a clear indication that this is a bogus opportunity. These should be reported to the police. No money is required to apply for jobs and bursaries in the public service," explains Modiba. 

In addition, Modiba said that the public should always be cautious and verify job and bursary advertisements that are circulated on social media platforms against those posted on the official sites of the Depoartment.



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