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Sabelo Nicholas “Nico” Mahlangu Dube is shining and smiling brightly this morning after receiving his new set of teeth from a brilliantly generous dentist.


Mamelodi, South Africa (26 May 2023) – The story is about Sabelo Nicholas Mahlangu Dube, better known as Nico.

You see Nico is dynamite in a small package. Small in stature but what an explosive human being. He lives in Mamelodi, doesn’t have a permanent income and does whatever odd job he can to make ends meet. Nico has been struggling with severe toothache of late and as a result, he approached people in his community to help him extract his teeth just to get rid of the pain. It’s reached a point where he only had a handful of teeth left.

My father and Nico’s paths crossed a few years ago and they have stayed in touch since. Out of desperation to try and help Nico, my father sent a Whatsapp to Dr Giepie Nel, a dentist at Medicross in Constantia Park, Pretoria.

My father reached out asking if there is anything he can suggest to help someone like Nico. Totally unexpected Dr Nel and his whole team rallied together and offered to help Nico free of charge. His first appointment was on 11 May, his follow-up on 18 May and today was his final appointment on 25 May.

The team has been extraordinary, they extracted all his old teeth and did dental implants for him giving him a full set with a brand-new smile.

It’s been absolutely life-changing for Nico. He has experienced what it feels like to be loved and cared for. Nico now has the opportunity to showcase his beautiful smile to the world without having to hold back.

What makes this even more special is the whole Medicross team was truly impacted by Nico’s story and they feel that Nico has blessed them much more than what they have helped him. In a time where we are flooded with the negative, this is a reminder of how South Africans rally together. We are a special nation.

Life is truly better with your smile, Nico.

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