A South African man is being hailed a hero after rescuing a child from a raging river!

A South African man is being hailed a hero after rescuing a child from a raging river!


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Johannesburg, South Africa – A video of a South African man bravely putting his life at risk to save a child from a raging river is rapidly being shared on social media!

Vincent Cosa was caught on video by Yusuf Abramjee sliding across a pipe above a raging river, to save a child stuck in the middle. When he reaches the child, the brave South African can be seen putting the young child on his back before making his way to the other side.

A crowd of people can be heard cheering the man along!

Abramjee uploaded the video to Twitter, which has since gone viral with thousands of views.

“Meet Vincent Cosa. This man needs a medal for bravery. He rescued a child in Alexandra, Johannesburg (Jukskei River). He is the hero. We salute him!!!”

Watch the video below:


The South African hero is a great example of #JustRightDeeds!

Last week, we announced that we have teamed up with Just Property to celebrate the good deeds South Africans do on a daily basis and every week we will celebrate a deed right here on this platform but we need your help.

It’s simple – do a good deed for someone in need or identify someone else doing a good deed and share it with Just Property via their social media platforms using the hashtags #JustRightDeeds and #JustProperty. Once you have an image of the good deed, share what happened in the picture (or video) and nominate a friend to do or identify a good deed.

“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you’re gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.” – Charles De Lint

We will be calling these deeds “#JustRightDeeds” – deeds that are just right for the person receiving them. By sharing the good deeds of yourself and others, you stand the chance to win a weekly prize and you’ll be inspiring others to do the same.

How to get involved.

  • Snap a picture or video of you or someone else doing a #JustRightDeeds
  • Share it on social media and tell Just Property what happened
  • Use the hashtag #JustRightDeeds and #JustProperty.
  • Nominate a friend or family member to do the same.

To start the campaign off, here are some examples of good deeds you can do.

  • Gift someone a hot meal
  • Give someone a warm jacket or a pair of shoes
  • Pay for someone’s coffee/groceries etc
  • Donate items to a charity of your choice
  • Visit an elderly person
  • Wash a friend’s car
  • Wheel a neighbour’s bins in
  • Pick up rubbish in your local park or on the beach
  • Walk a shelter dog
  • Plant a tree in memory of a loved one

These are just suggestions. Think outside the box and get creative with your #JustRightDeeds! We cannot wait to find what’s Just Right for you!

Sources: Twitter | Yusuf Abramjee
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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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