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Black tax : burden or ubuntu?

Author: Nicholas Mhlongo
Publisher: Jeppestown, Johannesburg : Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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⁰́₈The real significance of this book lies in the fact that it tells us more about the everyday life of black South Africans. It delves into the essence of black family life and the secret anguish of family members who often battle to cope.⁰́₉ ⁰́₃ Niq MhlongoA secret torment for some, a proud responsibility for others, ⁰́₈black tax⁰́₉ is a daily reality for thousands of black South Africans. In this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Mhlongo
ISBN: 9781868429745 1868429741
OCLC Number: 1119728314
Description: 268 pages; 21 cm
Contents: Intro --
Title Page --
Table of Contents --
Introduction --
PART 1 --
Black tax what you give up and what you gain --
An inevitable growing pain --
Welcome to a home everyone calls home ... --
PART 2 --
Ungalibali ke, mntanam --
An ode to Mme Mpoleleng Sebatla, a grandmother --
The power of black tax --
The door at 1842 Mankuroane Street that let black tax in --
PART 3 --
Keeping our ancestral spirit of ubuntu alive --
Compassion --
Black tax and the art of investing --
Andizi! Black tax is a flawed social construct --
It's a black thing --
The circle will not be unbound --
PART 4 --
Casting a spell on poverty --
Hypothetically peaking --
Beyond the obligation --
The hopes and dreams of black parents --
PART 5 --
Step into my shoes --
As we tithe --
Taking the sting out of black tax --
I must soldier on --
The Black Tax Club --
PART 6 --
A monument to the survival of the African family --
The burden of black tax can only be alleviated by generational wealth --
Black millennials don't have it all wrong --
Sacrificing the self for the whole --
About the book --
Imprint page
Responsibility: edited by Niq Mhlongo.

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⁰́₈The real significance of this book lies in the fact that it tells us more about the everyday life of black South Africans. It delves into the essence of black family life and the secret anguish of family members who often battle to cope.⁰́₉ ⁰́₃ Niq MhlongoA secret torment for some, a proud responsibility for others, ⁰́₈black tax⁰́₉ is a daily reality for thousands of black South Africans. In this thought-provoking and moving anthology, a provocative range of voices share their deeply personal stories.With the majority of black South Africans still living in poverty today, many black middle-class households are connected to working-class or jobless homes. Some believe supporting family members is an undeniable part of African culture and question whether it should even be labelled as a kind of tax.Others point to the financial pressure it places on black students and professionals, who, as a consequence, struggle to build their own wealth. Many feel they are taking over what is essentially a government responsibility.The contributions also investigate the historical roots of black tax, the concept of the black family and the black middle class.In giving voice to so many different perspectives, Black Tax hopes to start a dialogue on this widespread social phenomenon

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