The Black South African government, which defended its right to exclude whites from Covid19 emergency assistance in the Constitutional Court, (and won!), seems to not really care about its own people either! The ANC government has approved only 11% of applications for COVID-19 relief funding for small, medium, and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs), according to the Department’s Progress Report on COVID-19 SMME Relief Funding, while a survey shows 68% of applications for funding were denied.
Despite promises of R 2 Billion in Emergency Funding, the ANC government has received 12,982 applications for SMME emergency funding, while only 1,501 (11%) have been approved according to the Rapport newspaper. Furthermore, according to a survey of 2,280 small business owners conducted by entrepreneur education platform Heavy Chef, 68% of respondents’ applications for relief funding were denied. Ramaphosa announced on 22 April that the R 2 Billion would be made available for its CCP – virus emergency funding for SMME’s, however he did not announce it publicly, but the ANC’s policy to only help black people soon emerged.
The government even defended its position to only give assistance to black owners of small businesses both in the High Court and Constitutional Court, after the Solidarity trade union and Afriforum took the government to court, over their policy of racial discrimination during a pandemic which affects people irrespective of race.
Willie Stols, who owns 2 small businesses in Worcester, told Rapport that he applied for 7 different assistance schemes, including the Rupert and Oppenheimer private initiatives, for emergency assistance after the ANC’s hard lockdown forced all businesses to close, but without any success. Out of desperation, Stols asked other SMME’s who also did not get any assistance from the government or private sector to contact him on Facebook.
Within 6 hours more than 100 other SMME’s contacted him, saying they had the same problem. Stols drew up a list of 117 such SMME’s in the Western Cape and Southern Cape region, employing 1,278 people. Stols says he is now forced to make a loan at his bank at the age of 57 because that is all lifeline available to him now. He lost R300,000 in income the past 2 months and he does not have any operating capital left. Chris’s story is of course the story of hundreds of thousands of white people in South Africa.
It seems unfathomable that the ANC would continue to wreak such economic havoc for so long before allowing South Africa to move to level 3 of lockdown on Monday 1 June. Many SMME’s will still be forced to continue being closed, for instance hairdressers and beauticians, during Level 3 of lockdown.
Anne-Lize de Beer, owner of Col’Cacchio pizzeria in Stellenbosch, has the exact same story. She too was forced to apply for a R450,000 loan at the bank to have enough operating capital for the next few months. She also applied at every assistance scheme, both private and at the Department of Small Business Development, but without any luck. While restaurants could re-open for take-aways on 8 May, De Beer only made a fraction of her previous income.
It should be born in mind that SMME’s that can’t do any business can’t pay any salaries to workers, many of them black and coloured. Karen van Blerck, the owner of SC Laundry Solutions in George , told Rapport that it is not worthwhile for her to re-open because her clients are guest houses and hotels which are still forced to be closed during level 3 lockdown.
The anxiety of millions of small business owners and their workers is unimaginable whilst the ANC callously plays its totalitarian power games with lockdown and draconian regulation, attempting to turn as many honest people in South Africa into welfare dependent slaves or into criminals. Bheki Cele, minister of Police, has recently announced that 230,000 people had been arrested so far in South Africa for breaches of the government’s myriad draconian lockdown regulations, which will leave all these people with a criminal record should they be hoodwinked into paying an admission of guilt fine.