Billionaire mine tycoon offers to pay ordinary South African’s debt

Billionaire mine tycoon offers to pay ordinary South African’s debt

- Quinton van der Burgh is launching a campaign which will see him help debt-ridden ordinary South African’s

- Van der Burgh’s campaign is called Act of Generosity

- The campaign will initially help 3 deserving families before being expanded

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South African coal mine billionaire Quinton van der Burgh has embarked on a new campaign which will aim to help ordinary South African’s pay their bills, get out of debt and stay debt free.

The campaign is called Act of Generosity and will initially help three families. Thousands of families entered the campaign explaining why Quinton should choose them. He along with a group of his business advisers eventually chose 3 families.

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The three families which were selected for the initial run are the Dlamini’s, the Motswagae’s and Jacqueline Motseothata.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the Dlamini family consists of Evelyn a single mom who supports her deaf son, Nqobizitha, who lost his hearing at 9-months old. Quinton will be paying the family’s rent, transport fees, school fees and hearing aids.

The Motswagae family is made up of David and his four daughters, Quinton will help rebuild the family home which was ravaged by tornados.

Jacqueline Motseothata will receive a year’s worth of eye tests and contact lenses. The 30-year old suffers from keratoconus which causes her corneas to thin.

The Quinton van der Burgh foundation reopened new submissions for help on 1 February.

In addition to Act of Generosity, Quinton has also launched a campaign to build wells throughout the world. The campaign is called Generosity Water and has funded 727 water well projects in 19 countries.

These projects have provided nearly 500 000 with clean water.

Quinton said he was compelled to start giving back to ordinary people by his strong Christian upbringing and by the knowledge that once he dies he can’t take any of his billions with him.

“In the last couple of years what stuck out for me is that I’ve had a lot of success but I don’t feel like I’ve done enough. It’s easy to give money to people‚ but what are you doing to make a change in somebody else’s life? That is what this is about; I’m trying to create a movement‚” said Van der Burgh.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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