'Loan sharks my only hope'

KAGISO Maloka has been working as a draftsman at Eskom for the past 29 years.

KAGISO Maloka has been working as a draftsman at Eskom for the past 29 years.

The father of four says his salary is not enough to get him through a month.

"I have to borrow money or get a salary advance to cope," Maloka said.

He said a salary increase and improved bonuses would make his situation better.

Maloka, who is the sole breadwinner, earns R13000 a month. After deductions such as tax, medical aid, pension and the Unemployed Insurance Fund, he is left with just more than R6000 to take home.

Half of the money buys groceries and he still has to pay R1400 monthly transport for is school-going children and put aside petrol money to go to work.

"After all that I have to pay for clothing, water and electricity," Maloka said.

He said he had to resort to loan sharks after Eskom cancelled its salary advance facility.

"I am not happy with the way the employer is treating us. They made huge profits and want to forget about those who work hard to make sure that the wheel keeps turning," Maloka said.

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