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Marie Claire responds to furore over frugal internship stipend

Marie Claire has responded to the social media outrage over the internship stipend of R30 a day offered by the local fashion magazine.

Associated Media Publishing's Julia Raphaely said the objective of the internship was to give a multitude of people the opportunity to learn and be mentored.

According to Raphaely, 50% of the Marie Claire interns go on to fill job positions elsewhere.

The stipend, which works out to R30 a day, is low because we're not really paying them for a job.

Julia Raphaely, CEO of Associated Media Publishing

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

I think it is our responsibility to try give as many people as possible an opportunity in the workforce. We've always hired interns on this basis.

Julia Raphaely, CEO of Associated Media Publishing

Usually they don't leave without being offered another job, because it looks good on their CV.

Julia Raphaely, CEO of Associated Media Publishing

Four of our members of staff at Marie Claire were once interns.

Julia Raphaely, CEO of Associated Media Publishing

It's a token amount for transport costs and is common practice among many businesses.

Julia Raphaely, CEO of Associated Media Publishing

Internships are critical to the growth of talent and the skill set in South Africa.

Julia Raphaely, CEO of Associated Media Publishing

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