A newspaper vendor from Durbanville in the Western Cape is going viral for performing a simple random act of kindness.


Every morning a blind lady and her dog cross a busy road in Durbanville, and every morning Desmond, a newspaper vendor makes sure she gets to the other side safely.

A photo of the act of kindness was posted to the Durbanville commUNITY Facebook group with the following message:

“This is my suburb, my Africa! Every morning a blind lady, who may work at Durbanville Municipality, and her dog battle to cross the busy Main Road intersection. And every morning, the newspaper vendor at that intersection, grabs her arm and helps her cross the street. Much RESPECT!!!”

The post was shared thousands of times with many South Africans being inspired by the simple act of kindness.

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A couple of days after the post went viral… Mandy de Koker, a Durbanville community member found Desmond to show him how he had inspired so many South Africans.

“Desmond delivered his newspaper as usual this morning and I read and shared your many praises and kind words with him.”

“He is aware that his random act of kindness is appreciated.”

“I asked him where he lives, family etc and what he needs. His answers are like his character – humble. He lives in Elsiesrivier – has no wife- 2 adult sons 28 & 27.”

“Suggestions of any un-perishable foods would be a great idea. Nothing too big or hefty as he has to carry home via the Media24 van that picks him up. Jam, coffee, sugar, tinned foods etc would be great idea.”

“Please hoot as a sign of your appreciation when passing him – I told him that you indicated that you are all not always able to stop but that he must know that many in the community know who he is and appreciate his kindness.”

“Thank you everyone! You put a big smile on his face this morning.”

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** 16 August update.

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Desmond has passed away. We were just made aware of his passing by a community member.

Today our tears belong to you Desmond. Thank you for reminding us to be human… South Africa and kind.

Sources: Durbanville commUNITY Facebook group
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