Over R1 million in donations for kind petrol attendant! Nkhosikho Mbele

This is how a R100 donation has changed this man’s life forever!


Western Cape, South Africa – Nkhosikho Mbele, the petrol attendant who assisted Monet van Deventer with R100 for petrol, has received so much praise for his act of kindness and is set to get over R1 million in donations from South Africans moved by his story!

The 28-year-old Shell petrol attendant had no idea that his small act of kindness would turn him into a national treasure, and a reminder to all South Africans that unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.

On Thursday the 30 May 2019 Monet stopped at a petrol service station to fill up her car. As she pulled up to the pump, she got a feeling that she had left her card at home.

“While I was looking for my card, a conscientious young man began to clean my windows. After the search, I told him I couldn’t find my card and unfortunately wouldn’t be able to pay for petrol.”

What happened next has gone viral, inspired the nation and galvanised South Africans to dig deep and give back to the kind gentleman!

He said to me: “You can’t run out of petrol on the N2. I’ll give you R100, and then you can just bring back my R100 whenever you’re here again.”

Without even being able to answer, he started to fill my car with R100 petrol, and he paid with his own card.”

He didn’t ask for her name or her number – he just said that she had to drive safely.

“When I returned later to give him the money, I asked him what made him help me and how could he trust that I would return the money?

He answered me by saying: “Ma’am I am a believer!”

Monet was so moved by how South Africans reacted to the story that she decided to start a crowdfund to thank Nkosikho for restoring South Africa’s faith in humanity and has managed to raise over R500 000 in less than a week!

“Since Nkosikho saved my life, I would love to do something in return for him. His two children, mom and brother, live with him in Khayelitsha and he will really benefit from any donations.”

“Nkosikho can inspire others to also make a difference by being friendly and polite to others. He will also be able to help his family and start doing charity work in his environment.”

Speaking to Drum, Nkosikho expressed his gratitude to the nation and also explained why he had asked Backabuddy to help him manage his new finances.

“I am happy that my efforts of helping others are being recognized and passed on to others who also need it the most. I didn’t expect any of this for real, I was just helping someone, and the rest was God’s doing.”

As per Nkosikho’s personal request, the funds raised by this campaign will be administered by BackaBuddy NPC and transferred directly to the relevant institutions for Nkosi’s children’s education.

“I cannot be in possession of such a huge amount of money in my bank account, and can you imagine what people would do to my family or me? I asked BackaBuddy to make special provisions of the money, for my two children instead.”

In addition to the money he will receive from his crowdfund, he has also been awarded R500 000 from Shell to donate to a charity of his choice and been nominated for an internal excellence award which he will be flown to the annual conference in Zanzibar to receive.

Shell chairman Hloniphizwe Mtolo personally called the national hero to thank him for the act of kindness.

“I’ve seen the good news and wanted to call and congratulate you for the good work you have done,” he told Mbele. We have decided to respond to what the public has done and donate half-a-million rand to a charity that you will choose.” 

“If it comes from your heart, you will be rewarded, and I am just so thankful.”

Nkosikho has expressed sheer gratitude for the kind support he has received from the South African people and would like to remind everyone that all focus and praise should go to God who inspires all good deeds.

This is the real South Africa, and it’s stories like these that remind us of who we really are!

To contribute to the crowdfund, click here!

Sources: Facebook | Good Things Guy | Backabuddy 
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