“Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) causes loss of jobs”

Leigh Du Preez, the founder of the South African Family Relief Project (SAFRP), believes the Black economic empowerment drive spearheaded by the blacks in South Africa caused the loss of jobs. The interviews were conducted by Sertan Sanderson from Munsieville community that inhabits impoverished white community.

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“Sometimes you have to lose everything to get back up on your feet again, to appreciate what you have,” says Estelle Floot, one of the beneficiaries of the SAFRP project. She says her husband lost his job when his company changed ownership and became “BEE compliant,” referring to the “Black Economic Empowerment” government initiative designed to hand the majority of jobs to the “previously disadvantaged,” as the black community is called.

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“We’re not going to stay here forever, but this BEE, it is killing us,” Alfonso Ferreira, also one of the beneficiaries says. “If you make peace with living here and with the conditions, you get stuck. But if you work hard to get out, you will get out one day.”