๐Ÿ”’ When you are DEEP in debt. How to deal with loan sharks, banks. Listen!

One of the earliest money lessons I received was to borrow money from the bank when you donโ€™t need it – because, when you do need urgent financial help, the bank will not give you funds. So: set up an overdraft, but donโ€™t use it unless there is an emergency; try to have an access-type bond for emergency funds and have a credit card – but donโ€™t use these unless you absolutely have to tap into this money. This is because the bank will assess you on your ability to repay. And, the way the system works is that you will not tick all the boxes for the back office if you have a cash crunch. In this BizNews podcast, Alec Hogg and Candice Paine discuss the options when you have left it too late to ask the bank for money and have ended up in the hands of loan sharks as your debt continues to spiral. – Jackie Cameron

What do you do if you are struggling to support three families on R20,000 a month and the bank wants you to pay your home loan arrears fast – or it will evict you and your relatives?

This is the real-life case being discussed on BizNews Radio, with broadcaster Alec Hogg asking independent adviser Candice Paine for her suggestions on how this desperate woman can get out of a money mess.

โ€œWe had an email today – a genuine request from someone I worked with a few years ago who was in a desperate situation. She got a letter from the bank to attach the house unless she paid off half of the arrears, or R50,000. She went to all the banksโ€ฆ and then eventually looked on Gumtree where she found a loan shark,โ€ explains Hogg.

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The woman now has to repay R75,000 to the loan shark. Her car has been repossessed, too.

Paine says the first port-of-call for this woman should be to ask the other adults in the families she is supporting to start looking for work and finding ways to help – whether that is taking in laundry or seeking formal employment.

โ€œFrom the outset, the numbers donโ€™t add up. R20,000 doesnโ€™t support three families,โ€ she says.

โ€œLoan sharks are embedded in South Africa. There are good and bad loan sharks, find a good one,โ€ suggests Paine, pointing out that the desperate breadwinner may find a loan shark willing to structure a repayment plan to give her some financial breathing space.

โ€œ(She should) set up a plan she can stick to. Loan sharks want a client that can pay and she wants to get out of debt. It is legal for loan sharks to lend money but it is not illegal for you to borrow it,โ€ says Paine.

This is not a great system but one that is working, she continues.

โ€œA loan shark actually does want the money back. You know, they want a client that can pay and she wants to get out of the debt. So it is around negotiating,โ€ says Paine.

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