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The stories about people going to bed without supper are true. They’re unfolding in middle-class suburbia. Only for us it means no breakfast and no lunch too!

 

I had a breakdown in 2016 and it’s taken me four years to recover, and to feel confident and motivated again. But there is no way I can succeed, not without a financial injection to keep my property. These four years have exacted a terrifying toll, where a brutal circle of contraction has routed my professional credibility and cash reserves.

 

My accounts are in freefall, my savings have been depleted, and my property is scheduled for judgment on January 16, 2020. I could lose my only income and place of abode.

I should have asked for help long ago.

 

My doggies and I have sometimes starved during the most vicious and unrelenting years of my life… 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, four years of a living hell, believe me.

When I had the opportunity to work, I found it difficult to focus. That’s what a breakdown does. It robs you. It steals the sun from your soul.

 

There’s an upside. I found that I have an incredible resilience and courage, to progress against the odds. My sodden face turns towards the sun. And I persevere.

I live on the property where I created 4 units for monthly rentals.

I stay in one, and let the other 3, one unit for Airbnb.

 

Since 1995, I thrived on a combination of rental income (sometimes from more than one property), my writing and editing, and other income and cash windfalls. And then came 2016.

Ruinously, there is no appetite for my skill and acumen as a writer, editor and sub-editor. The days --of contacting or being contacted by big publications, national and international media, ngos and corporate entities, and immediately landing a sub-editing or writing gig, or securing the publication of my writing and photos -- are history.

 

Now I find myself writing social media posts for a plate of food, or editing a document for R100, just to get something to eat, for me, and my dogs.

 

Frighteningly, the summons auction price is way below the intrinsic value of the property, situated as it is on a prominent, high-traffic corner of a block that is seeing unprecedented upgrading, rezoning and development. Main Road, one block to the west of me, is also scheduled for refurbishment. Developers, one of whom has a global footprint, are pouring millions of rands into the properties around me.

 

It would be a travesty indeed to have this 370sqm holding snatched from me. Its real value lies in its development and the commercial opportunities it represents in Melville, a suburb that London’s TimeOut says is the 48th coolest ‘burb in the world.

 

The vultures are poised. Don’t let them get me, please.

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The stories about people going to bed without supper are true. They’re unfolding in middle-class suburbia. Only for us, it means no breakfast and no lunch too! I had a breakdown in 2016 and it’s taken me four years to recover and to feel confident and motivated again. But there is no way I can succeed, not without a financial injection to keep my property. These four years have exacted a terrifying toll, where a brutal circle of contraction has routed my professional credibility and cash reserves.