These South Africans just gave their car to a Street Newspaper Salesman!!!

Without wanting anything in return… this incredible family just gifted their car to a Street Newspaper Salesman.


Cape Town, South Africa – In 2016, Jeremy Olivier took his talent to live TV on the very first season of The Voice SA. He won the hearts of South African viewers, making it to the finale and earning his spot as Coach Lira’s crowning contestant in the final Top Four.

And this year, he has won our hearts again after gifting his own car to a Street Newspaper Salesman!

5 years ago Jeremy and his wife met Bongani Pholo, a Big Issue salesman, at a traffic light in Cape Town.

“The Big Issue is a vibrant and energetic organisation, started in 1997 to support homeless, marginalised and unemployed people to earn a living.”

The family drive past Bongani’s intersection daily and quickly became friends with him. They chatted to him whenever they could and got to know him on a personal level. One of the things that they realised is that Bongani did not have transport, which made collecting the street newspaper very difficult.

The family made a promise to Bongani that they would gift him their own car, when they were able to get a new one.

And 5 years later, they have kept true to their word!

The family had recently been sponsored with a new car, which meant that they would be able to gift their old car to the street newspaper salesman. It was something that the family had always dreamed of… to help another South African rise!

On Saturday, the 26th of January, Jeremy drove to Bongani’s intersection and asked him to “quickly get in the car, to help him”.

They drove to a near-by parking lot where the whole family was waiting to hand over the car keys.

“And so, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we were able to do what we have dreamed of doing for 5 years. A very special moment. Bongani was speechless for once!”

A tearful Bongani was incredibly thankful and had only good things to say about Jeremy and his family.

“I hope God will keep this family with love, peace, joy and unity so that they can receive a lot in the future. As they have blessed me, I hope that they are blessed too.”

It’s stories like these that give us hope, and remind us how incredible South Africans are!!!

Watch the emotional video below:

Sources: Facebook
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1 comment

  1. A great gesture but kind of spoilt by making it so public. What’s happened to doing good by stealth, then? Or was he pressured to tell the world?

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