If you read the news in newspapers, online and on social media these days there’s a very good chance you might end up in a corner weeping and depressed. It’s essential to seek out good news story to attain some kind of equilibrium… and believe me, there are lots of good news stories out there, you’ve just got to find them.
The outstanding story from the past week was of Western Cape petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele, who offered to put R100 in the petrol tank of Monet van Deventer’s car because he was worried she would run out of fuel before reaching Cape Town.
Van Deventer had arrived at the garage on the N2 between Somerset West and Cape Town in the red zone and, when Mbele realised she was in danger of being stranded and had left her card at home, he coughed up his own money to make sure she would reach Cape Town safely.
Van Deventer later returned with his cash and a gift of chocolates… but the public, on hearing the story and that Van Deventer had started a BackaBuddy campaign for Mbele, has opened their hearts, such that funds raised for him to this point are approaching R400 000.
This story has clearly struck a chord with South Africans looking for inspiration and new heroes among our people.
It’s just one example of a kind-hearted South African reaching out to look after someone in need. There are so many more.
In a News24 report Mbele was quoted as saying: “I was just doing what anyone else would have done, from the heart and God’s will. I believe there is no black and white, I wish to bring peace and to bring people together.”