GOOD THINGS ALL AROUND US

Weekend Witness - - News -

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.

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