I am a white male in South Africa. After a study, I have traced back that our family is in South Africa for over 6 generations already. This makes me South African and nothing but that.
However, when it comes to affirmative action and a sense of belonging in South Africa it becomes increasingly difficult to feel part of this wonderful democratic nation.
I completed my matric in 1994 and found myself entering the job market immediately after that (very fortunate I know). However after 18 years and 6 months of trying to establish my myself a place under the African sun, I cannot help and look back at what has happened.... 3 companies I work for went insolvent, 2 companies I tried to start could not get the business it required due to BEE and the scary part is 4 times my employment was terminated to make space for AA candidates. To top of all of this I end up unemployed for a period of 10 months and loose everything that I have worked for over the past (at that point) 17 years. Looking back I think to myself that the new government is now in charge since 1994 (19 years), at what point will white men (especially those that had NO say in politics prior to 1994 (in fact like in my case first time say in 1999)) get a fair chance to build a stable life.
We look at how impossible it became for the small business to get off the ground and then if you want to go bigger (medium enterprise) where you might require 1 or 2 small semi-government contracts you have to be BEE... bit difficult, then you opt for employment and you run head first into a bee hive as your are not AA. Yet you look at how many foreign nationals (Whites, Indians, Blacks) are sitting in jobs in this country while the true South Africans (Blacks, Coloureds, Indians and White who were born in this country) can't find jobs.
I do not know where this will end, but I pray that this country will start to value ALL its original citizens as true South Africans.
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