One of the things I briefly mentioned in a previous post was the decision to have domestic help or not.  The decision process many people go through is complex and deserves its own post.

Under the apartheid government, non-whites faced limits on their education. Some only received training in physical labor or domestic work. This ensured that the white minority would be able to retain positions of power over the undereducated black majority. Even though apartheid ended in the 1990s, its impact can still be felt, especailly in education. While the government has taken some steps to improve the situation there is still a long way to go.

With a large portion of South Africa’s workforce undereducated and rampant government corruption, few international businesses are keen to expand or invest in South Africa. In spite of that South Africa is in much better shape than several other African nations. This leads to an influx of immigrants from northern neighbors that are looking for a better life. Mix those together and you can see why the unemployment rate is over 25%

The ultimate dilemma for us was: do we participate in a system where non-whites are still performing domestic work, or do you do the work yourself and take money away from someone that needs it?  While we are capable of cleaning up after ourselves we felt that providing someone with an income was the right decision. At the end of the day we can afford it, and it helps somone better provide for their family.

Until next time.

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