A successful young professional, Leah, like many South Africans, pays Black Tax to support family back home. She does this gladly. The question is, why?

One of eight siblings, when Leah’s parents passed away her grandparents stepped out of retirement and into the primary care role. It was a big sacrifice. Now Leah is a successful young professional and she has the opportunity to pay them back. This is not an unusual situation in South Africa. Black Tax or ” the perceived obligation of black professionals to provide financial support to their extended family” (as per the definition on Business Maverick) is a widespread issue. However, Leah’s attitude is unusual. With good boundaries in place, she is happy to be able to take care of her grandparents – and her siblings. Listen to Leah explain where this attitude comes from – and how her faith in Jesus has had a major impact.

Black Tax: Why I Don’t Resent It

“One day, if I have the opportunity, I want to give it back to them – sure – even if it’s not to them I’m going to give it to my siblings that we all had… we started at a disadvantage and they gave us the opportunity to make up for that so my thinking was always that it’s an honour. If I’ve got money I want to give it to my grandparents I want to see my siblings thrive. You know, I wanted to give back it was never that… “you have to give back because you’ve got money” and I wanted to keep the money – no! When I had money I wanted to give it to them because I felt gratitude for all that they’ve done for me.”


Host: Blaque Nubon

Guest: Leah Maseko

Title: Black Tax

Location: South Africa