David tailor-made for WA machinery deal

30 Sep, 2004 07:00 PM
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DAVID Taylor might best be described as the equivalent of an Aussie battler.

He found his feet 10 years ago when he established his own transport business in the rural township of Bredasdorp, located in the Western Province, two hours from Cape Town, South Africa.

He¹s a hard worker and has done well to consolidate his business in a climate of what he describes as increasing black empowerment.

Bredasdorp has a population of 18,000 people, with a white minority of 8000. Unemployment runs at 64pc and politics makes life tough for businessmen.

Farmers grow wheat and canola and produce Merino sheep but limited facilities and a crumbling infrastructure of services foreshadow a bleak future.

When Mr Taylor saw an advertisement in the South African Farmer¹s Weekly newspaper calling for applications for a service technician in WA, he jumped at the chance.

His impressive CV included computer skills and that was the clincher for Southern Cross Traders principal John Williamson.

³We had searched Australia for the right person and came up with nothing,² he said. ³David will strengthen our service team and we may look for another technician from his country if it works out.²

Mr Taylor is a fitter and turner by trade. His wife Debbie is a qualified naturopath.

Their son Timothy plans to attend university in WA to follow in his mother¹s footsteps and their younger son Shawn will attend the Southern Cross high school.

Mrs Taylor just wants to take a break for a couple of months after an immigration ordeal that has lasted 12 months.

³We¹re all feeling a bit anxious and there¹s a bit of sadness because we love South Africa,² she said. ³But it¹s all about securing a better future for ourselves and our children.²

Mr Williamson and his wife Betty are relieved, after enduring 12 months of red tape.

Following rigorous investigations by the Immigration Department, Mr and Mrs Williamson have qualified as agents to employ people from overseas.

In bureaucracy-speak the term is sponsoring temporary employees to Australia.

It means an employee can come to Australia on a four-year visa with the option to apply for a permanent visa after this period.

³We certainly hope David and his family will do that,² John said.

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