GOOD THINGS ALL AROUND US
BEFORE Good Things Guy, the online Good News site was born, Brent Lindeque, a young South African, turned the reckless drinking game Neknominations on its head by using his nomination instead to perform a random act of kindness.
By giving a homeless man a R20 meal, and using the power of social media to pay it forward, his nomination went viral and to date has been featured widely in the media.
More importantly, his small act of kindness spawned myriad similar videos, reaching and physically im- A kind-hearted stranger has been knitting blankets, wrapping them up with a letter, and leaving them for people to find.
The letter reads: “Hello, I am glad you found this package. It was made for someone that could use something warm during the winter evenings & days. If you do not need it, please leave it here for someone that could use it. Thank you.”
Jade du Toit, who shared a photograph of one such package on social media, has confirmed that now her friends have all committed to doing the same thing. We love how kindness flows. Boy whose maths skills went viral and was given a scholarship proving millions of lives and creating three feeding schemes in Canada, the U.S. and Ireland, which are still running today.
“While we are mired in our work, in our own personal dramas, our country’s turmoil, it’s easy to be blind to the everyday goodness going on all around us,” said Lindeque.
“But they are happening all the time. I believe in the goodness of South Africans, in the goodness of our country, and the Good Things Guy team will keep bringing you the stories to prove it. Roll on 2019!” Sbahle Zwane (10), who was filmed by a local cop as he answered a series of complex multiplication sums, went viral and now he’s secured a scholarship for himself from the biggest independent school operator in South Africa, Curro Holdings, as well as employment for his mom, Mbali.
Sbathle will begin Grade 5 at Curro Academy Protea Glen in January 2019, and Mbali will also have her new job at the school.
Mbali’s wish was to give her son a private school education to get the best possible support for his gift … and now he has it!
What’s more, her own job opportunity may help her unlock her own dreams too.