SHORT: A Facebook page lists dozens of job opportunities across South Africa. But it is not authorized to post the jobs and job seekers should beware of job scammers who may be trying to steal personal information.
The Jobs Updates Facebook page has posted many job vacancies in South Africa since it was launched in January 2022. They range from opportunities in national and local government departments to positions with international companies and franchises.
The posts all link to more detailed listings on the workrsa.co.za blog. And they all look like legitimate job ads. But after an Aug. 18 post stating “KFC still hiring part-time/full-time crew” caught Africa Check’s attention, we decided to take a closer look.
No further information available from the contact details
Like most of the other posts on the page, the KFC job posting redirects to a more detailed listing and also asks those interested to “send a message now and follow our instructions, we’ll help you”. There is a South African phone number for WhatsApp for “further information”.
We texted the number and asked, “Are you authorized by the companies you’re advertising?”
At the time of writing we had not received a reply. The only message we received was a link to the same blog, which was about “Application to become a registrar” – although we had replied in response to an ad for “Cashier and general workers” at fast food chain KFC .
Apply for KFC jobs directly to restaurants
The KFC listing on workrsa.co.za doesn’t give many details about the potential jobs, but says “Fill out the form on the KFC website to apply”. But we could not find such a form on KFC’s South African website.
Under “Frequently Asked Questions,” the fast food giant says to anyone interested in a job at one of its restaurants: “Please stop by your nearest store and speak to the manager about any vacancies! Much luck!”
Under the question “How do I apply?” KFC’s advice is the same: “Visit your nearest KFC restaurant to see if they’re willing to open the gates for you.” There’s no mention of an online form.
Be wary of job scams on Facebook
All posts in the blog contain the instruction “Don’t forget to register your CV here in our database REGISTER”. But the link doesn’t go to a “database,” it just redirects back to the blog’s main page.
This sort of anomaly — giving an order that can’t be carried out — is another red flag that the Facebook Page isn’t authorized to advertise the jobs it’s doing and may be doing so under false pretenses.
Even if the job postings are copied from legitimate job postings, some details are either incorrect or missing, making it difficult if not impossible to apply for the actual job. The advertisements also do not always contain application deadlines, which is important when looking for a job.
This site may attempt to extract personal information from desperate job seekers. For more information on how to avoid Facebook scams, check out our guide here. We have also dealt intensively with the problem of false job advertisements in South Africa.
KFC does not advertise specific job vacancies via Facebook or on its own website. And be wary of jobs listed on Jobs Updates or the workrsa.co.za blog – the site is not authorized to advertise them.