– Mihlali Ndamase, like many other South Africans, are given responsibilities they might not want
– This is usually referred to as ‘black tax’ and many do not like it
-But Mihlali is motivated to just keep working harder so she can take care of her family
Mihlali Ndamase opened up about her black tax situation – she has to take care of her cousin and younger sister’s education. Black tax is a burden given to many young (and older) South Africans and it’s not always a welcome responsibility. For Mihlali though, her black tax serves as an inspiration to keep working hard.
Mihlali said that at 24, she’s expected to help cover university fees for her cousin and will soon pay to get her younger sister through school. But she’s positive about it.
“I’m 24, looking after my baby cousin, who is in her first year of university while preparing to put my baby sister through school very soon. “I no longer just work for myself, which motivates me to push harder.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on Abby Gugu Banda, who took to her Twitter account to share screenshots of messages she presumably sent to her mother. “I know that I ‘overshare’ on here. However, I’m not one to pretend like my life is a fairytale. I deal with challenges every day, some that are enough to send me to a mental institution but I rise above it all and choose to look at the positive side of life.
This is where we are.” Abby called out her parent for only using her to get money. She pointed out she could not ‘remember the last time she felt like a daughter’. The woman added she placed her dreams aside to help her mother out with her business. Black tax is a harsh reality for many, and often it’s impossible to meet the demands that are made.