South Africa has become one of the resourceful countries for African communities who have been given the opportunity to either further education, to become employed at big corporate organisations whether it is in public or private organisations.
International communities have also been welcomed by the South African government & by the South African international relations & cooperation to merge stakeholder & continental relationships with business leaders & government leaders but most importantly our African brothers & sisters have been & should still be our number one priority when it comes entrepreneurial development because they are our key players to identify problems that affect our communities, who can identify & create entrepreneurial opportunities & one of our primary attributes that South Africa has been positively commended for is how our hospitality relationships with stakeholders have built onto economic opportunities when it comes to travel & tourism & being made to feel like South Africa is a second home for people who travel regularly. South Africa has gradually developed business & economical principles to maintain & equalise our coalitions with other African nationals who come from countries such as Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Middle Eastern countries & West African countries included.
It is a sad reality that most African nationals have to experience life inequalities, to a point where they are forced to leave their home country to start a new life in neighbouring countries such as South Africa, Botswana & Namibia.
With no family, friends or anyone close that they are familiar with & starting a new life in a completely new environment can be daunting because you are obliged to learn, associate & accommodate yourself to languages, cultures, norms & values of the country that you have relocated too.
The Kaseya siblings have endured & experienced so many setbacks where they had no choice but to leave their home country The Democratic Republic Of Congo to start a new life here in South Africa in the year 2009.
Engage To Evolve had the opportunity to interview the Kaseya siblings, about who they are, the experiences they had to endure to be able to start a new life in South Africa.
ETE: “Who is Gloria Kaseya?”
Gloria Kaseya: “I am strong beautiful woman, who is originally from The Democratic Republic Of Congo, I believe in myself & in the possibilities of excelling.”
ETE: “Who is Ivrin Kaseya?”
Yavan Kaseya, “I am a twin brother of Emmanuel Kaseya , I am an uncle, a student & a compassionate individual.”
ETE: “Who is Emmanuel Kaseya?”
Emmanuel Kaseya, “I am a twin brother of Yavan Kaseya, I am an uncle, a friend, a social marketer, an outspoken visionary & I am originally from The Democratic Republic of Congo.”
ETE:” How was life back home in the DRC?”
Emmanuel Kaseya: “Everyone has their own experience as we all know that there are poor, middle & rich families, & it is sad to say that people who are in power will always be power hungry to get what they want to due to the unbalanced economy & underdeveloped social cohesion structures that come with it.”
Yavan Kaseya: “ There is no place like home, my family & I have moved to South Africa mainly because we wanted a better life for ourselves, eventually the political issues will affect the financial issues & there is a huge gap between the poor & the rich & all we can hope for our home country is diversity for all Congolese citizens.”
ETE: “What is do you understand about the challenges that have been taking place back home?”
Emmanuel Kaseya: “We live in Africa, there is a misuse of resources & greed to remain in power & it is unfortunate that innocent people have to bare the consequences of what our leaders are capable of doing in order to be in power after their leadership term has come to an end.”
ETE: “Do you think the DRC has the potential to overcome its economic challenges?”
Emmanuel Kaseya: “I believe that the DRC has the potential overcome its challenges, at some point whether it will be in decades to come. I believe that it will be possible for the Democratic Republic Of Congo will be economically strong with the right structures put in place.”
ETE: “Can you please describe what are the day to day things that a young man or woman would do to keep themselves productive to avoid being caught up in the wrong crowd & environment?”
Yavan Kaseya: “ If a young man or a young woman cannot further their education or get a full time job, the easiest way for an individual who has been tormented with hardships after hardships, they will end up making a choice to become part of the statistics of committing crime or becoming a prostitute, just to have a fair way of making an income.”
ETE: “Why did you & your family choose to move to South Africa & not any other African country?”
Yavan Kaseya: “When we decided that we wanted to start a new life in a different country, we had our options to either go to Tunisia, Morocco & South Africa, & looking at how well South Africa has been respected & credited on the basis of stakeholder relationships, nation building, economic transformation & a sense of knowing that we could be part of a community that cares.”
ETE: “What kind of negative perceptions & challenges did you face when you arrived in South Africa?”
Gloria Kaseya: “ The challenges I had to go through was to learn English & to integrate how South Africans have a certain way to do things in terms of norms & values.
Emmanuel Kaseya : “I had to repeat grade 10 with my twin brother, mainly because the education system from our home country to South Africa is totally different & our biggest challenge was the language barrier which was learning how to write & speak in English efficiently.”
ETE: ”What were you hoping for from the South African community when you arrived in Tshwane?”
Emmanuel: “ When you arrive in a new environment, you can only hope for the best, in our case we were hoping to get the best education & we are still on our way to get the best & to do our best to fulfil our own goals & dreams.”
ETE: “What kinds of remarks were made about you?”
Gloria Kaseya: “I am a French speaking, Congolese national & English was a language barrier for me as for my South African peers they would make negative remarks in their South African home languages to make me feel like I was not able to fit into community of sisterhood that builds one another.”
ETE: “How did it make you feel?”
Gloria Kaseya: “ Emotionally, it drained my self esteem & self worth, because I had an expectation that I would be accepted as an African girl who could relate with my fellow African sisters to aspire to dream big & support each other irrespective of what language we speak & which country we come from.”
ETE: “ What do you love about South Africa nationals?”
Yavan Kaseya: “South African people are not just stuck with one language, I have come across my fellow South African peers who would be fluent speaking at Setswana, but by all means a South African would be eager to try & learn how to speak isiZulu & try to master how to speak Sepedi & would even go further how to speak SiSwati or French. I must emphasis that South Africans are not lazy individuals, they are extremely hard workers even though they like to strike a lot, South Africans are phenomenal people who are eager to get up every morning, putting effort into their day to day jobs & businesses to ensure that their loved ones are well taken care of & I really admire that kind of spirit.”
ETE: “What positive thing would take from the DRC that you will cherish or appreciate?”
Emmanuel Kaseya: “ The support back home is something that I will always cherish & just to give you a hint of what kind of support system, I am referring too. For example, if my family & I would move to a block of flats in Congo, most of our Congolese neighbours, would make sure that, getting to know who you are, where do you come, & what makes you different & unique would be a top priority for them to welcome you with respect & warmth. Meanwhile if I would move to a complex in South Africa, depending where I would be located, not knowing what are the norms & values of the complex are, it would difficult associate with individuals who would voluntarily come together to ensure that new neighbours are well received & introduced to the norms & values of how they do things & look after each other, so that in the near future, if a neighbour would potentially become a victim of crime or abuse then it would easier to help those in need.”
ETE: “What are you studying & how would you utilise your qualification to contribute towards the DRC & the South African economy?”
Gloria Kaseya: “ I am studying Business Management, I would like to continue & complete my education here in South Africa. Where in the future I will aspire to move back home & use my skills & knowledge towards the Congolese economy.”
Yavan Kaseya: “ I am doing my 3rd year in Economic Analytics at Tshwane University Of Technology, when have acquired all the skills & experience in what I do, I would like move back home & become the Minister of Finance & change the economic state.”
Emmanuel Kaseya: “I am studying Marketing, I have good characteristics to build & engage with people from different calibers & I believe that when I do get employed in the near future I would have exercised what I have learned over the years & use my practical experience to market Congolese organisations in the best way possible.”
Connect with the Kaseya siblings on
Instagram: Yavan Kaseya: @yvan_kaseya
Instagram: Emmanuel Kaseya:@emmanuelkaseya