Middle class must save itself from collapse

2015-03-01 15:00

This week we report that banks repossessed almost 5?000 cars from the country’s middle class in the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces.

Many of these people lost their cars because they were unable to afford monthly instalments, forcing the banks to take the cars and resell them.

The auction houses are doing a roaring trade.

Last week, City Press reported on a government tender requesting private companies to help tackle the massive debt burden of civil servants.

An increase in personal tax, sin taxes, the fuel levy, e-tolls and petrol over the next few months following this year’s budget speech will stretch the already burdened middle class even further.

This is a sign that life is becoming increasingly tough for the middle class in South Africa.

But as stretched as we are, some of those in the middle class seem undeterred by the mounting debt.

We still buy flashy cars (that we can’t afford), expensive clothing brands (on credit) and consume the most expensive brands of alcohol – so we can be seen to be living a certain lifestyle.

Some are so brave that they would rather drown in debt than be seen driving cheaper cars and living in less affluent suburbs.

But economists warn that even a slight increase in the interest rate by the SA Reserve Bank will prove catastrophic for the country’s middle class.

This will lead to more people losing their cars and homes – a situation we cannot afford.

It is time to tighten our belts and only buy the things we need – and not try to keep up with the Joneses and Motsepes.

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