Something amazing is happening in South Africa right now and we’re all part of it.

The current state of the nation can be quite depressing… the onslaught of bad news, political unrest & our cliff hanger economy is enough to stop anyone from having hope for our beautiful home.

But South Africans are not letting this stop them & thousands are using their social media to share good things, helping fellow citizens out & inspiring the nation while doing it.

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer… we need to share kindness with each other. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Ryan De Azevedo & Dury Marto never knew that their car troubles would lead to them being part of a much bigger inspiring story.

Last week, Dury’s car broke down on the way to an event in the middle of peak hour Sandton traffic. Luckily they were close enough to where the event was taking place to be able to leave the car there, knowing it would be safe until they could get back to fix it.

They made their way back to the car the next day but couldn’t find the cause of the problem… they tinkered & tried but were unable to assess why the car was not starting.

“We decided to leave the car overnight and try fix it the next day. Dury went to buy the parts he thought were causing the problem and when we changed them, NOTHING happened, the car was dead to the world.”

Tshepo happened to be working right where the car had been left. He was part of the construction team & was shovelling cement at the exact moment when they were trying to fit the car.

He walked over & in a moment assisted them with the problem, Tshepo had extensive knowledge in Motor Mechanics & knew exactly what to do to get the car started again.

The guys were completely blown away & so thankful that they spent a bit of time with Tshepo to find out how he knew so much about cars, yet was working in construction.

“We would have been proper stranded in the middle of Sandton during mad Friday commuting had it not been for Tshepo’s help.”

“I was really intrigued in how this youngster shovelling cement would know how to fix cars so I questioned him a little. Story being that Tshepo has been studying Motor Mechanics but failed 1 subject and never had the money to finish his course.”

Tshepo like so many South Africans had been burdened by not having enough money or support to complete his studies so had taken a construction job to make ends meet.

Luckily he had been in the right place at the right time & happened to use his skills to inspire a South African to help him.

Ryan posted the story on Facebook in the hopes that he would be able to change one thing for someone else. In a matter of hours, all his friends jumped on board & donations started pouring in.

“I really feel for this kid. He didn’t just fail his course and decide to become a beggar or the sorts but straight away went and found a job as its what he felt was necessary to save the money to finish his course.”

We’re in this together & the only way we become better, is together. Together we can do so much.

If there is anyone out there willing to help Ryan & Tshepo please contact him here.


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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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