Invitation to Participate in a Research Project with University of Johannesburg (Nationwide)

Are you using M4JAM or Checkers Sixty60 as a form of getting an income and between the ages of 18-34 years? Then you might be interested in participating in the Research study being conducted by the University of Johannesburg on the experiences of youth in the Gig economy.


The University of Johannesburg is conducting a study on The Youth and future of work: rethinking social protection and social contracts in the context of the gig economy, with a special focus on youth in Gig work. The purpose of this study is to assess the nature and scope of gig work in South Africa as well as the experiences of gig workers.

Gig work refers to types of work that occur through digital platforms and are usually made up of tasks that are then paid for. Examples include Uber, M4Jam, Checkers Sixty60, SweepSouth and getTOD. We are interested to understand the experiences of gig workers to help us to recommend policy options to better protect gig workers.

Currently we are inviting M4Jam and Checkers Sixty60 Gig workers between the ages of 18-34 years in South Africa to participate in a telephonic interview on a suitable date between the 7th and the 18th June 2021.

The institution is approaching you as someone who is or has recently been engaged in gig work an is interested to understand your working experiences, any forms of labour protection you have, and whether or not you have organised with other gig workers. If you participate, your identity will remain confidential. If you agree to participate the institution would like to ask you to be available for an interview session. This will be arranged for a time, date and location of your convenience. The interview can take place telephonically or virtually or, if Covid restrictions allow and you feel comfortable enough to do so, in-person with appropriate public health measures in place.

Recognising that as a gig worker you may be giving up your valuable earning opportunities to participate, a mobile data/airtime voucher to the value of R50 will be offered to the gig workers.

Interested participants can either send a WhatsApp text, SMS or email, saying: "Hi Khuliso I would like to participate in your research."

using the information below

Via e-mail:

or WhatsApp and SMS @ 0721548330

Contact Person: Matidza Khuliso (Researcher)

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