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article imageSouth African orphanage 'too white' for donations

By Owen Weldon     Dec 8, 2012 in World
Pretoria - The Jakaranda Children's Home, a South African orphanage, said that it is losing funding due to the fact that 70 percent of its children are white.
According to Huffington Post, Elzane van der Merwe, a spokesperson for the orphanage, said that a child is a child to them, and regardless of race or gender they need care. Merwe also mentioned that they have around 250 kids between 18 months and 18 years old.
Merwe went onto say that the only answer that the orphanage is getting is "sorry you do not meet the criteria for 100% black economic empowerment", according to News24.
She said that the suggested BEE (black economic empowerment) codes were withdrawn, but welfare organisations nationwide were still affected. The suggested codes award points to companies, because of their BEE programs, as well as their donations.
Merwe said that their income dropped, all because of the BEE codes, and this happened even though there was an increase in kids that needed to be cared for.
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