- A lot of black people are set back financially with the strain black tax puts on them
- But, Nomzamo Mbatha has come to the rescue, explaining how she manages black tax
- According to her, it’s okay to put your foot down and say no to your family
Nomzamo Mbatha talked about how she managed black tax expectations, a concept she was no stranger to.
Sometimes financial support of a family can weigh heavy on a person, especially if they want more than you can give.
That’s why Mbatha distinguished between what her family wants and what they truly need.
“There’s a difference between needs and wants and I’ve learnt to prioritise the things my family really needs,” she said.
However, it was a lesson she learned with time. Mbatha said she would in the past buy different items for her 13 nieces and nephews, which included toys, school uniforms and stationery.
She added she would even pay their school fees, but soon realised if her “well runs dry”, she would not be able to take care of anyone, including herself.
Now she goes by the motto “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.
So, instead of constantly supplying her family, she is more focussed on empowering them so that they could take care of themselves.
She insisted at some point a person has to put their foot down and say ‘no’.
“I try and assist in little ways, but I’ve realised that by not capping the black tax, there’s a risk that some of my family may become fully dependent on me. That doesn’t empower them, it incapacitates them from ever achieving financial freedom and self-sufficiency,” Mbatha explained.
She added she preferred to empower them by giving them work opportunities and by helping financially with their education.
“If I have a project in my hometown during the holidays, I gather my unemployed cousins to assist. In return, I give them a small stipend, and they gain a skill.”, she said.
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