Klein Piet desperate for a job
Tired of being dependent on his in-laws, former petrol attendant Klein Piet Petrus hopes to find a job to take care of his family.
25 March 2020 | Local News
Klein Piet Petrus from Grootfontein's Blikkiesdorp informal settlement talked to Ewi lyNooli during a recent visit to the town, when he was spotted sitting on a chair in his yard, doing nothing.
When asked why he was at home in the middle of the workday, Petrus said he is jobless and sitting outside is part of his daily routine.
“My name is Klein Piet Petrus and I have no job,” he said, adding that the house is owned by his in-laws.
Petrus said he used to work as a petrol attendant but lost his job about four years ago.
Since then he has done some odd jobs but they have also started becoming scarce, which means he is almost totally dependent on his wife's family.
“I used to work at one of the service stations but that was back then. Now I am just at home hoping that one day I'll get a job so that I can take care of my family and better my life. I want to have my own house and not depend on my in-laws,” Petrus said.
Petrus said he also begs money from friends and strangers, who sometimes do assist.
He said it is not something he is proud of.
“It's not nice to ask people for money but sometimes I just have to do it in order to put something on the table,” he explained.
Petrus said his situation means he cannot afford to send his six-year-old son to school.
But he has not given up hope of finding a job and changing his life for the better.
“I am home for now and I am thinking of what I can do. Once I get my thoughts in order, I will go out there and hopefully get a job which will mean that I can transform our life,” Petrus said.
Blikkiesdorp is one of the largest informal settlements in Grootfontein, home to thousands of people whose situation is similar to that of Petrus as the job market in the town is limited.
Grootfontein has about 25 000 inhabitants.