They come from far and wide – from every province, neighbouring country and beyond. They come to Gauteng to work in the mines, factories, construction sites, restaurants, hotels and homes; often for minimum, menial wages.
These people keep the wheels turning; the economy alive and yet are often shunned in the communities where they reside while in Gauteng.
Many of them don’t get to see their families for the entire year; they send money home every month to support extended families and they still save every last cent for Christmas so that they can take supplies and goodies back to their loved ones.
Their children will not get expensive toys and gadgets for Christmas but may get new clothes, shoes and maybe even stationery for school.
Today when I was at the garage (gas station), mini buses with over loaded trailers, queued to fill up before taking tired but excited and happy people home for Christmas.