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HERE ARE THE WISE MEN!
Members of the Greenside Wiseman Club held their year end party on Saturday with booze and a braai to recognise that they finished another year of successful saving. Photo by Joshua Sebola  ~ 

WHEN the cost of living got too high, these men from Greenside, a township outside Polo­kwane, Limpopo, decided to form a social club to help them save money for Christmas.

On Saturday, members of the Greenside Wiseman Club shared the money they had saved through the year.

Joseph Mashakgomo (39) told SunStokvel that the two-year-old club has 11 members.

“Since its start, Wiseman has helped us push through the high cost of living. If you don’t start saving in January, you will suffer financially during the festive season.

“After we share the money, we have a party and braai meat and drink booze to celebrate being together. We start again in the new year.”

They meet once a month so each member can pay their contribution. They talk about club issues before leaving.

Joshua Mthombeni (31) said most members of the club were not originally from Greenside, and come from all over Limpopo. When a member has to attend a funeral in a rural area, they hire a taxi to support that member.

“We know that a funeral is a big event so we don’t just fold our arms and watch the member make the trip alone.”

The recent crimes in the news also made them think: “We know that many men commit terrible crimes but we have been taught to respect others.”

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