The countdown to Goodmass has begun and for the third day of Goodmass, we’re featuring a Law student who applied for a cleaning job but got way more than she bargained for.



Good Things Guy spent the year doing good things in partnership with First Choice and their #Move4Goodness campaign, from planting trees after the Knysna fires to cleaning beaches and even teaching kids about the environment… so we’ve decided to look back at the year together, and bring you all the Top stories of 2017 (with all the updates of the people who inspired us this year).

This is the 10 days of Goodmass, good news stories to uplift you, just in time for the holiday season!

For the 3rd day of Goodmass, we’re sharing the story of a life-changing job application. Jeanne Pienaar, a Capetonian business owner advertised a half day cleaning position online. She was inundated with applications, but one CV stood out from the rest.

“The applicant said she had studied Law at Wits, so I couldn’t understand why she would apply for a humble cleaning position, when she should be lawyering it up.”

Jeanne phoned WITS to follow up and make sure her CV was real. Their accounts department released her marks, and not only did she indeed study Law, she also completed her studies Cum Laude, and was awarded the Dean’s Merit prize for one of her subjects.

“I couldn’t allow this girl to give up on her dreams, so I came up with a plan to hopefully change her life.”

Jeanne phoned Nesia Chido (the applicant) and asked her to come in for an “interview” for the position as a cleaner at her beauty salon – ‘ClipinHair’.

During the “interview”, Nesia was incredibly proud when they spoke of her excellent marks. It was evident that her hard work, perseverance and dedication shone through in everything she put her mind too.

She said that her degree was being withheld as she owed R53 000 in outstanding student fees, so her plan was to work wherever possible to pay off her debt so that she could eventually become a lawyer.

Nesia went on to explain how hard it was for her to have obtained the degree and how hard she had worked to achieve the brilliant marks she did.

She opened up and spoke about how she was forced to sleep in the university library as she couldn’t afford accommodation. She also spoke about having to use wet wipes to make herself presentable for class. She didn’t have any money at all so she spent all her time studying.

During the interview, Jeanne advised her that they were unfortunately not going to offer her the position.

“We can’t offer you this position.”

“We are however going to help you pay off your loan. We will put the word out to all our clients and followers on social media and we will match whatever donations South Africans make, to pay off your outstanding student fees.”

Nesia became extremely emotional and was visibly in shock, battling to get her words out. All she kept saying was thank you, thank you, thank you.

The company put the word out on social media with a video they captured secretly during the interview and raised over R15 750 in just a few days meaning that they should reach their goal before the long weekend is over.

“Nesia is the perfect example of how hard work, a positive attitude, and humility, can result in South Africa doing great things to help someone.”

In the end, Clipinhair managed to raise the full amount and Nesia’s fees were paid off in full.

A small "Thank You"

Posted by Hair Extensions by Clipinhair on Monday, 1 May 2017

In partnership with First Choice and their #Move4Goodness campaign, Good Things Guy is sharing the Top stories of 2017 and spreading the Goodness around just in time for the holiday season.

Stay tuned as we share the most feel-good stories of 2017!

Sources: GTG
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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