Marinus van der Walt relies on his bicycle to get around after it was stolen he was devastated. The floor manager of NWK Retail Mareetsane heard and decided to do a little good.


Vryburg, North-West – Marinus van der Walt, a 28-year-old man who is mentally challenged, recently had his bicycle stolen in a robbery. The young man has very poor eyesight as well as low muscle tone, meaning he is unable to work.

Marinus lives off of his disability pension so was unable to replace the stolen bicycle. An item he uses every day to get around the town where he lives.

Francois Burger lives down the road from Marinus and heard of his situation. As the floor manager at NWK Retail Mareetsane, he was in a position to offer some assistance.

Together with the community, Francois was able to get a new bicycle for Marinus. The retail group shared the heartwarming story on Facebook saying,

“NWK Retail at Mareetsane and the community of this village near Vryburg are hearts of gold.

Marinus van der Walt, 28, lives in the same street as Francois Burger, floor manager of NWK Retail Mareetsane. He is mentally disabled, with very poor eyesight and muscle tone and he can’t work. He is dependent on a disability pension.

His home was recently broken into and his bicycle was stolen. Francois approached producers in the area and other residents of Mareetsane, and together they bought a bike for Francois.
It was handed over to him yesterday.”

Francious confirmed that the kind gesture moved Marinus and his entire family to tears.

“His parents were in tears. Marinus was shocked and just smiled and repeatedly thanked. I am proud to know we could make a difference,” – Francois Burger

Our hearts are warmed by this communities effort to make a small difference in one life.

Sources: Facebook
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