- A construction worker in Johannesburg has lamented the poor government support for small businesses
- He even started his own company, but nothing came out of it
- He said he has built houses for over 2 decades but still lives in a shack
A Johannesburg-based man has decried the fact that small businesses get little support from the government.
The unnamed construction worker made a startling claim that despite building houses for 25 years, he still lives in a shack.
Humans of New York's Facebook page recently shared the man's story along with a picture of him at a construction site, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The middle-aged man began by confessing that he grew up robbing white people's homes during apartheid. He said it was their way of opposing the apartheid regime.
When freedom came, he changed his ways and learned construction work. He even started his own company hoping that the new government's empowerment policies would benefit him.
However, it all came to nought. The house builder lamented:
The government always talks about empowerment. They make a big show of letting small businesses compete for contracts.
But the jobs always get awarded to the same few people. If the government gave me work, it would empower me. Then I could empower other people.
Instead, he said he lives from hand to mouth because there's not enough money to save. He added:
I had high hopes when apartheid ended. But I’ve been building houses for twenty-five years, and I’m still living in a shack.
The post sparked over 33,000 reactions and 600 comments. Many commenters sympathised with the man. Carly Lahana wrote:
This is what happens when society values money over people.
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