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An Uber driver’s selfless act of returning a forgotten bag has gone viral on social media, highlighting the power of kindness and the human hunger for positive stories.


Johannesburg, South Africa (28 August 2023) – Amidst the bustling digital landscape where negative stories sometimes dominate, a tale of extraordinary kindness has emerged, proving that even the simplest gestures can have a profound impact.

In a remarkable turn of events, Ndodana, an Uber driver, has captured the hearts of millions through his selfless act, demonstrating the incredible power of compassion and goodwill.

I shared a story on my social media that unfolded during an ordinary ride but would soon transcend the realms of the everyday. Ndodana’s actions deserve to be celebrated, and so, I embarked on this journey of sharing his remarkable tale with the world.

I know sometimes people use social media to moan about bad service but I need to do the complete opposite.
Ndodana deserves a MASSIVE shout-out.

We caught an Uber from Fourways to Bedfordview last night, and my friend (from Miami) accidentally left his man-bag in the car.

It had his everything in there (including his passport).

Ndodana dropped us off, went to the airport to pick up another client, found the bag on the back seat, dropped off that client, drove back to where we were and walked into the restaurant to find us. We didn’t even realise we had left the bag in the car.

I know that it might sound like something so silly and small… but sometimes the smallest things are actually the biggest.

Ndodana is an incredible driver and a flipping fantastic human.

Though this story may appear simple on the surface, its impact has resonated deeply. It has become a poignant reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can leave an indelible mark on the lives of others.

The incredibly kind actions of this Uber driver transcend borders, reminding us all that compassion knows no boundaries.

The power of this narrative reached new heights as it traversed the digital landscape. A simple post on social media blossomed into a viral sensation, touching the hearts of over a million people on Twitter and an astonishing ten million on Facebook. It’s a testament to the human hunger for uplifting stories that remind us of the innate goodness that resides within us all.

This remarkable journey has not been without its lessons, which I’ve had the privilege of sharing with an engaged and supportive audience:

  • The ubiquity of online trolls, even in the face of positivity, serves as a reminder that kindness is the antidote to negativity, even in the virtual world.
  • The importance of reading and understanding before responding, a lesson that speaks to the power of engagement in a digital age.
  • The unpredictable nature of social media algorithms, a phenomenon that highlights the sometimes enigmatic world of online platforms.
  • The humour that arises from interactions with automated bots, a reminder of the intersection of technology and human interaction.
  • The tendency of opinions to morph into assumed facts underscores the significance of open communication and understanding.
  • The power of words, as evidenced by discussions surrounding the use of language, exemplifies the need for sensitivity and respect.
  • The profound desire for positive news reaffirms the mission of platforms like Good Things Guy, showcasing the universal yearning for uplifting content.

In a world where negativity often steals the spotlight, Ndodana’s selfless act stands as a reminder that kindness, empathy, and goodwill have the power to light up even the darkest corners. His story is a testament to the beauty of the human spirit and an affirmation that good news, in its purest form, has the potential to spread like wildfire.

And that’s why the journey of sharing good things continues, illuminating the path with stories that inspire, uplift, and unite.

Sources: Brent Lindeque | Good Things Guy 
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Brent Lindeque is the founder and editor in charge at Good Things Guy.

Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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