The Nehemia Projek - helping poor Afrikaners in Gauteng survive with dignity:
Why have so many Afrikaners become poor so suddenly?
Oct 14 2013 - The reasons for the sudden poverty of many hundreds of thousands of 'white' people in South Africa after 1994, were the many dozens of 'black-economic-empowerment-laws' passed by the ANC-regime's rubber-stamping black-majority parliament. These laws are specifically designed to greatly disadvantage all the minorities - white, coloured and Indian people -- specifically: from accessing the job-market. They also block them from many other rights - even credit laws and land-ownership laws were made to the great disadvantages of minorities.
The latest job-barring decree was issued a week ago -- ordering that by Friday, October 11 2013, all the companies and businesses which still wanted to stay in business, must have 40 percent 'black occupancy" - or lose their so named 'BBBEE-certification' .
The ANC-regime is counting the white faces on the job floor and the board-rooms
Above: A minimum of forty percent black ownership and black employment in each company and business is now a requirement from Oct 11 2013 ANC officials from the BBBEE certification-programme conduct regular inspections and have appointed workers inside the companies to count the number of white, coloured and Indian faces on the shop floor. Until only a week ago, the 'black' employment and ownership-requirements were 20 % -- but the ANC regime has suddenly moved the goal-posts without any advance notice: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=413696&sn=Marketingweb+detail&pid=90389
How do poor SA whites survive in their squatter camps?
Even before this latest racist law was passed however, many hundreds of thousands of Afrikaner whites were already fired from government service and from private companies because of their white skins. And from 2013, one could also see this law take effect against the coloured population in the Western Cape, and against the Indians of South Africa.
The anti-employment axe fell first for the Afrikaners who were in government service - and most have ended up in many hundreds of little internal refugee camps like this one in Krugersdorp. Aletta, a freelance writer for the Nehemia Project, describes how they survive:
The Nehemia Projek
By Aletta - Freelance Writer for the Nehemia Project -
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Aletta writes: "While others bring food parcels and clothing, Gideon Van Deventer and his Nehemia Projek (above) bring hope to the poor Afrikaners of the many squatter camps across Gauteng.
"He doesn’t believe in handouts but rather tries various methods of motivation to get the homeless and hopeless to stand up and face life again. For some the camps are just a temporary haven until they find work again and are able to return to “normal society”. He doesn’t worry about this people who are still able to fight to get out of the camps, says the hardworking Afrikaner from the Free State, Van Deventer’s mission in life is to teach people to fish, not to just handout fish. He uses video material and power point demonstrations to show the poor and destitute that there is hope for everybody. Motivational presentations by speakers like the famous American, Nick Vujicic, who was born without limbs, are used in workshops. Things like this help people to realise that obstacles can be overcome and very often people will come up with new ideas after they attended one of this workshops, says Van Deventer.
Whilst he has been working for more than four years in the well known Coronation Camp in Krugersdorp it is only lately that more people start to realise the value of his project and are becoming interested to help the poor to help themselves. Handouts are good for the old and weak and people must eat but ultimately poor people must learn to find a way to generate an income. The culture of sitting around and waiting for handouts is not healthy, says Van Deventer. His task is to identify people who are prepared to fight for themselves.
In Welkom from where Van Deventer operates he has similar projects. Last year his one project was to help a woman to start her own catering business. Now the woman sells food to the many factories in the Welkom industrial area and earns enough money to sustain her family.
In the Krugersdorp camp the Nehemia Projek is busy to help a group of woman to start a sewing business. For the men there is a woodwork project whilst Van Deventer is also helping Joe Groenewald with his booming flower business. This talented and hardworking man makes flowers from wire and wool. His unique flowers are very popular and Groenewald simply doesn’t have enough time to meet the demand for his product. The project is helping Joe to mechanise part of the flower making process.
In nearby Brits a group of men started their own vegetable project but they are hoping some farmer will share his knowledge with them. At the moment everything is done by trial and error and they simply cannot afford this way of learning.
To start small businesses from scratch is never easy but when one has to face the normal obstacles while also living in a squatter camp the task is even more daunting. There is no electricity in these camps and generators are often stolen as most people live in shacks and makeshift structures where security is poor.
Gideon Van Deventer has no easy task; few companies are supporting him as his Nehemia Projek doesn’t meet the criteria set by government’s new laws on donations. For companies there are no tax benefits to financially support job creating projects for white Afrikaners. Only charities that meet certain black empowerment criteria" can claim tax benefits.
Although his travelling costs are sky high, he cannot ignore the plight of the many camp residents in Gauteng. When he is not working in Welkom which has its very own poverty problem, he is on the road, bringing hope to the many camps in Gauteng. We need tools to start small home industries and we need mentors who can teach people the skills necessary to survive in a country where formal job opportunities for whites are getting scarcer and scarcer, says the man whose ideal is to rather give fishing rods than fish.
Below: They sell exquisite arts-and-crafts products to help them survive
Krugersdorp camp residents sell beautiful hand-crafted art
In the Krugersdorp camp, talented Afrikaners like for instance JD Nortjé, left, - who lives with his wife and children in the Krugersdorp squatter camp - sells pencil-sketches to help his family survive each day.
Turning rags into survival skills:
Below: Gideon van Staden showing off the camp residents' creatively embroidered handbags, made from old denims.
The poor Afrikaners of Krugersdorp keep alive by applying their skills and artistry:
Life is tough in these squatter camps: and one of the main problems facing its residents is to keep their living space clean and hygienic so that they don't fall ill. The Afrikaners manage to keep the dirt down to a manageable level at the Krugersdorp squatter camp - many Afrikaners fired from government services used to work as sanitation-experts and sewage-plant engineers at local municipalities before they were fired. (below)
Another danger is fire from candles and open fires. The Nehemia project collects funds to buy solar light-bulbs so that families won't have to use candles inside their shelters at night.
Nehemia Projek: Helping poor Afrikaners in Krugersdorp survive with dignity:
background: Afrikaner Poverty Timeline 1994 - 2013
update in 2013:
- All South African businesses must have 40 percent black occupancy by Friday October 11 2013 without advance notice: ANC announcement: Statement issued by Adv. Anton Alberts, FF Plus parliamentary spokesman: Trade and Industry, October 7 2013 http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=413696&sn=Marketingweb+detail&pid=90389
- the Afrikaners have always been a hardy people who over the past 350 years, have adapted very well to surviving in Africa. Their forebears have already gone through one genocide at the hands of the British colonial invaders in 1902 - who built the world's first concentration camps and killed one-sixth of the population of the invaded Boer Republics' in these camps. And when the surviving Boer families went back to their torched, destroyed farms, the country was plunged into a devastating famine and years of poverty from which many more people died because even the livestock and seeds had been destroyed by the British scorched earth campaign. At this time, there were less than 1million black people in South Africa and the whites were in the majority.