Hagen Engler
4 minute read
30 Apr 2022
6:00 am

‘Why am I not Elon Musk?’ – the South African mantra

Hagen Engler

Why is Elon planning a trip to Mars, while all he can afford is a trip to Gqeberha, despite their similar backgrounds, Hagen Engler wonders.

I am basically Elon Musk, without the success. We are the same age, have a similar heritage and had similar childhoods. The question is, why do I live in a 74 square-metre rented flat and limp from paycheque to paycheque, while Elon Musk is worth $264,6 billion? Why did one white South African become the richest man in the world and another – well let’s not make it all about me – why did the other 4,6 million white South Africans not achieve the same? We all come from a certain amount of privilege, and it’s only the scale of...