Good Things Guy is on a mission to change what the world pays attention to. We believe that there is good news all around us and over 25 million South Africans agree with us. We hunt down and report on the best Good News stories from South Africa, and the World.
Our mission is to change the national conversation and give South Africans a balance to the news in South Africa.
The award-winning South African Good News site
Good Things Guy is dedicated to telling good stories and we like to share things that inspire. The award-winning platform is one of the leading good news sites in South Africa & has grown from one person with a simple idea to a full team that brings good news to South Africans every day.
Good Things Guy was officially launched on the 1st of August 2015 in order to only promote good news, inspirational stories and promote only positive, upbeat media. Good Things Guy is a global, multi-platform media company that distils unique content across multiple media platforms.
Awards, Accolades And Good Things
Lead SA Hero (2014)
Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South African (2014)
Talented Young South African Entrepreneur (2015)
South Africans you need to follow on Social Media (2016)
South African Blog Awards – Top Blog of the year (2017)
100 Best Global Websites (2017)
South African Blog Awards – Top Blog of the year (2018)
Top 25 African Blogs to follow, as well as the Top SA Blog to follow (2018)
One of the “Most Influential Young South Africans” (2018)
100 Young Mandelas of the future (2019)
Top 25 African Blogs to follow, as well as the Top SA Blog to follow (2019)
GQ Men of the year – Influencer of the year (2019)
South African Blog Awards – Top Blog of the year (2019)
One of the “Most Influential Young South Africans” (2019)
The Good Estate – Global Top Blog (2020)
Officially recognised as a News Site (2020)
Voted one of the best podcasts in South Africa (2021)
Recognized by Sur.Ly as one of the safest websites for users (2022)
World’s Top 100 Innovation Success Story (2022)
One of the Top 10 podcasts to listen to in South Africa “When You’re tired of MacG (2022)
Partners with Primedia Malls to bring the Good Things to 30 mall screens around the country (2023)
Top 30 Best Africa News Podcasts (2023)
Before Good Things Guy, the online Good News site was born, Brent Lindeque did something. What started as a simple idea to try and better one person’s day, turned into a global event carried out by millions of people. The ‘RAK initiative’ was all about giving back & helping those in need.
It all started when Brent Lindeque, a young South African, turned the reckless drinking game Neknominations on its head – by using his nomination to instead perform a random act of kindness. By giving a homeless man a R20 meal, and using the power of social media to “pay-it-forward” his nomination went viral and to date has been featured locally on Carte Blanche, Espresso, 5Fm, eNCA, News24, Radio702 and internationally on Mashable, Huffington Post, CNN, BBC, Sky News, the Oprah Magazine and even Ellen Degeneres even gave the initiative a shout-out.
Lindeque saw himself becoming a LeadSA Hero, was selected as one of Africa’s most promising Entrepreneurs and also chosen as one of the prestigious Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans.
More importantly, his small act of kindness spawned hundreds and thousands of similar videos, reaching and physically improving millions of lives and in addition creating 3 dedicated feeding schemes in Canada, the USA and Ireland that are still running to this day.
We try to keep up to date with all the current Social Media sites to make it as easy as possible for you to follow the Good Things and get your up-to-the-minute good news fix.
Algorithms on Social Media constantly change, so the best way to follow us is to bookmark the website or physically choose to follow the page in the page settings.
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- GoodThingsGuy is a leading source for good news and inspirational stories for a connected generation.
- We work hard to create our content and strictly enforce our rights around fair usage.
- Our content is available for commercial syndication by request here.
- If you wish to use our content on the sites, please contact us for permission first.
- Content submitted via the “submit a story” tab is vetted as best we can but we cannot take ownership or be held liable for the content or photos when an article has been submitted.
- We vigorously enforce our rights pertaining to plagiarism of our articles.
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