Help­ing hands on the open road

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We re­cently re­turned from a won­der­ful hol­i­day in Ken­ton-on-Sea (pic­tured above). But the real magic hap­pened on our re­turn jour­ney to Joburg. About 20 km be­fore Smith­field in the Free State, the tyre on our trailer burst. Out with the lug­gage, out with the jack. I was about to start lift­ing the trailer when a lo­cal farmer Piet and his son Michael pulled over in their bakkie and in­sisted on chang­ing the tyre for us. They were huge guys and even con­sid­ered lift­ing the trailer by hand in­stead of us­ing the jack! We stayed at Trad­ing Places Guest­house in Smith­field that night. Our plan was to drive to Bloem to fit a new tyre, but owner Gus Uys reck­oned that my spare, now be­ing used on the trailer, wasn’t look­ing good. With­out hes­i­ta­tion he in­sisted that I use a wheel from his trailer and leave it at the tyre garage in Bloem for him to col­lect in a week or two. To Piet and Gus, thank you for your kind­ness. This coun­try is much richer be­cause of peo­ple like you! RICK BALL, Craighall Park

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