"I'm extremely worried. I'm even having sleepless nights. I don't know what I would do without this money. My family will starve," Magebatho Mamaile tells the BBC. The 78 year old lives in a township east of the main city Johannesburg. She has a family of six to provide for, including two children and four grandchildren. She is one of 17 million vulnerable South Africans who rely on the government's social grant scheme to get by. An astonishing one in three people in the country falls into this group, which encompasses single mothers, disabled people, pensioners and war veterans. This social safety net - one of the biggest in Africa - is among the proudest achievements in the 23 years the African National Congress (ANC) has governed South Africa, since กระเป๋าสตางค์ the end of white minority rule. But now it is under threat.
And while some "Bachelor" contestants are lucky enough to return to their day jobs after filming, others have lost their jobs if they didn't have a flexible time off schedule. Possessionista writer Dana Weiss told Mic in 2016 that she personally knows of bachelorettes who cashed out their 401k's to offset the costs of the show, while others have gone into substantial credit card debt. Learn: How to Trick Yourself Into Paying Off Your Credit Card Debt Potential Profits From Being on 'The Bachelor' On top of the initial investments and opportunity costs, competing bachelorettes face another big kicker: Candidates report that they don't receive any monetary compensation at all for appearing on the show. At best, some bachelorettes say they've been gifted a few swag bags containing sponsored items -- likely not enough swag to repay that "Bachelor"-incurred debt. It's a tough pill to swallow considering that being the Bachelor is a job that usually makes about $100,000 per season. Some contestants have gone on to star in the spin-off, "The Bachelorette," where they can make upwards of $100,000 as well. Emily Maynard was reportedly paid $250,000 for her season as the leading lady. More commonly, many bachelorettes smartly leverage their 10 minutes of fame into success as social influencers or lifestyle brand entrepreneurs on Instagram after "The Bachelor" wraps and the dust settles.
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