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$70,000 Lease Boost

18-year-old landowners benefit from Government’s equal lease distribution initiative, Father of six praises initiative as sons help set up business and cater for family needs
25 Nov 2021 12:34
$70,000 Lease Boost
Jone Baravilala Snr (left) and Jone Baravilala Jnr with their new family vehicle.

Government’s decision to equally distribute lease monies to children when they reach the age of 18 years has proven worthwhile.

This is after a father of six children witnessed his eldest son receive $60,000 in 2019, and his second eldest received $70,000 this year.

Jone Baravilala (Snr) backed Government’s move to keep the monies in a trust until the young landowners came of age.

This move received a lot of backlash from the Opposition when it was initiated.

However, Mr Baravilala said waiting until the time was right only created a brighter future for their young ones.

“It was a good idea by Government to hold the money back. We are spenders when it comes to money. So, we thank Government” he said.

His eldest, Jolame started a marquee hiring business when he got his share. Since then, it has generated a steady income for the family.

His second and namesake bought their family car and household items.

Mr Baravilala said the family had no plans to invest in homes for their children because their individual homes were available. However, they only planned with the 50 members of their mataqali to have a new subdivision done at the Vunato area.

Son’s testimony

Jone (Junior) said receiving the large sum of money only humbled him because he always followed God’s Fifth Commandment in the Bible saying: “Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee”.

“Some children, when they receive a large sum of money they boast about it, but for me I respect my parents very much, I never talk back to my father especially, I do what he says,” he said.

“I was very happy when I received my share of the money. The first thing that came to my mind was getting household items for our home and even purchasing our family car.”

Their mother, Elesi said the lease money and business done by the family were all part of God’s plan.

“I encourage youths to serve God well and He will give you blessings and this is Him doing his work, providing us with everything we need,” she said.

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