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OPINION| The Wonderful Life of Afrikaners in South Africa

Many whites desired unemployment to degrading work or menial wages, between 1902 and 1908, a white mine worker with a household obtained about ten shillings per shift, a black migrant acquired between two and three shillings a dayDecent jobs paying a residing wage were few. In the aftermath of the war, most Afrikaner guys in Johannesburg labored as cab drivers, some became brick makers, others off-loaded the wagons that delivered farm produce. Girls determined work at hand-laundries and boys as messengers or newspaper sellers. Pr0stitution and crime have been frequent choice ways of incomes a living. Most younger white criminals and street thugs had been Afrikaners for many years to come. A white lady testified to the Transvaal Indigent Commission about terrible whites squatting, on government or city lands in and around Pretoria just after the combat There are no sanitary arrangements. They are most miserable, huddled together in little tin shanties married couples, younger kids and grown-up younger people, all dwelling together, every now and then in one little room or tentThe better-off fellow Afrikaners did no longer comprehend whether or not to ward off their eyes or rush to their help, but, whatever they did, the poor represented an acute embarrassment. In the view of English audio system the Afrikaner commonly appeared as 'the poor, uneducated railway worker, the ignorant policeman. A stigma of poverty and lack of knowledge was once connected to the whole groupYet the Afrikaners who started out to settle on the Witwatersrand in the course of the Eighteen Nineties as terrible and downtrodden human beings have been not overwhelmed by using the experience. Many who had been bywoners grew to become self-employed. In 1907, with the introduction of self government for the Transvaal, a crowd of Afrikaner and English unemployed marched from Johannesburg to Pretoria to put stress on the new colonial secretary Jan Smuts, to rent white labour at honest wages The negative were shocked when Smuts told a delegation that there was once work for them on the Pietersburg railway line for three shillings and 4 human beings a day and a bag of mealie meal. Hans Das, editor of Die Transvaler, said 'such an provide used to be most insulting to the Afrikaner nation'. The sting of the total thing lay in the offer of mealie meal. 'It was once setting them on a degree with Kaffirs

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