Johannesburg – A Pretoria orphanage says it is no longer getting financial support from large companies as 70% of the children in its care are white.
Elzane van der Merwe of the Jacaranda children’s home said: “The only answer that the children’s home is getting is: ‘Sorry, you don’t meet the criteria for 100% black economic empowerment (BEE),” reported Beeld.
But Van der Merwe said the children’s home couldn’t choose which children to take in.
“To us a child is a child. We don’t discriminate. Here we have 250 children between 18 months and 18 years that need care, regardless of race or gender.”
She said that even though the department of trade and industry had withdrawn the new suggested BEE codes, welfare organisations countrywide were still affected.
The suggested codes award points to companies for their BEE programmes and donations.
She said their income had dropped drastically due to the BEE codes, even though there was an increase in the children that needed care.
The home only looks after children placed in its care by court order.