Donate R500k to a charity of his choice? Just give him that ...

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Donate R500k to a charity of his choice? Just give him that money, Shell!

When the hype dies down, Nkosikho Mbele will still be tending to cars he’ll never afford

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There are so many things wrong with the way Nkosikho Mbele’s good deed has been handled, but the biggest is the indication that Shell, the company he works for, clearly has no idea of his reality as a black South African. Even more disturbing is that it appears it may not even care.

Mbele gained instant fame when his good deed went viral. This after Monet van Deventer took to Facebook to express her gratitude to him for having helped her out with R100 to fill up her car with fuel after she forgot her purse at home. What happened after that – the crowd-funding initiative that just kept on growing – was the result of an inspired nation. It was beautiful to watch.

But then it turned into something else ... an opportunity to exploit a man with a good heart...

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