- A kind man was surprised with a new vehicle for his dedication after he volunteered for more than two decades as a hospital porter
- S'phiwe Msimango, a 65-year-old former footballer, said his love for people pushed him to volunteer at Bara
- The thankful madala added he never thought he'd own his own car
S'phiwe Msimango, 65, is the proud new owner of a Nissan NP200 which he received as a gift for his love and dedication to children and the elderly, the Sowetan reported.
Malome, as he is popularly known in the community, volunteered as a porter at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital for 22 years without receiving a cent for his work.
His dedication to the community touched the heart of mining mogul Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, who gifted him a brand-new bakkie on Saturday to thank him for his selflessness.
Malome was caught off-guard over the weekend when hospital CEO Dr Nkele Lesia called him on stage at the launch of a haematology clinic.
Briefly.co.za learned Mashile-Nkosi spoke about heroes in the community before she handed over the Nissan's keys to the stunned Malome.
Afterwards, Msimango said the gift caught him by surprise and he was left speechless.
"I never thought I would own a car," he said.
Msimango is a former soccer player who moved from Alexandra to Soweto and he said deep love for people motivated him to start volunteering at the hospital.
He said he would push people in wheelchairs to the ward and would help others locate their family members.
"I love everybody, young and old. I go to old age homes and spend my birthday there with the pensioners," he said.
Although he can't drive, the 65-year-old looks forward to using his new vehicle and he added he would rely on his family to drive him around.
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