A gas station attendant who kindly paid for a woman’s petrol out of his own pocket meaning she wouldn’t be stranded has been rewarded with more than £26,000 which is equivalent of him earning 8 years worth of pay.
Realising that she was out of gas and left all of her bank cards at home, 21 year old Monet van Deventer was at a Shell garage on the outskirts of South African city Cape Town stranded.
Amazingly, a 28-year-old petrol pump attendant Nkosikho Mbele put his hand into his pocket to make sure that she would be able to drive off with enough fuel.
The man put about £5 for Deventer to fill up her tank rather than have her standing alone in the Khayelitsha township, a place that is not known for its safety.
She kindly set up a crowdfunding campaign to repay Mr Mbele for his generosity. Soon enough, £26,600 had been raised which is an amount that is more than eight years’ worth of Mr Mbele’s salary. Amazing.
Mr Mbele is extremely thankful and is happy his kindness has now been spread around the world.
He told local broadcasters:
“I was just doing what anyone else would have done, from the heart. I believe there is no black and white and that we are all one people and I just want to bring people together.”
Deventer also returned to pay back the fiver that she had borrowed away from the raised money.
“I asked the petrol attendant to hold off putting in fuel because I couldn’t find my purse and after a few minutes I told him that I had left my money and cards at home.
“I said I would chance making it to work but he just said, ‘No ma’am, you can’t run out of fuel on the N2, it is too dangerous,’ and said he would put R100 (£5) of his own money into my tank.
“I was so shocked as it was such an amazing gesture and it made my day. I decided to make his kindness public and took to Facebook and then set up a crowdfunding page for him.
“I couldn’t imagine people of South Africa both black and white would embrace his kindness in such a way and now Nkosikho has closed the account as he says he has too much money.”
“I know how dangerous that stretch of the N2 is that she wanted to travel and my faith in God told me it was the right thing to pay for her to travel safely so I bought her fuel for her.
“I was just happy to see her drive away knowing she would arrive where she had to get to safely and I had no idea that I would have my life so blessed in return for what I did.”
“I now have R500,000 (£26,600) from Shell to donate to charity and I want to help young people and make a difference in their lives and I have R500,000 to look after my own two children.
“I am going to use the money I have to make the big man up above us all very happy.”