- Bhekamandaba Makhonza unlocked his brand new home worth R400 000 after years of living in a falling mud shack
- He is now studying Actuary Science at Wits University after he had lost hope of ever pursuing his studies because he was from a very poor background
- His dreams were made possible by a local businessman, Bonginkosi Makhathini, who made a pledge to change the boy's life
BY ZAKITHI DLAMINI - FREELANCE JOURNALIST
Bhekamandaba Makhonza's life turned around instantly like in movies or a fairytale. This smart young man from Esigodini in Pietermartizburg said he still cannot believe how his life changed overnight.
From a dilapidated mud house which he lived in for many years, he said it was a miracle that he and his family now live in a fully furnished three-bedroom house worth R400 000 thanks to a local businessman, Bonginkosi Makhathini.
After achieving eight distinctions and the third-highest marks in physical science in the whole of Mzansi and becoming Mzansi’s second-top achiever, this young man’s future looked bleak as he had lost hope of ever leaving the poor life behind due to financial difficulties. He could not believe his luck when he got it all at the same time.
Bhekamandaba expressed his gratitude towards Makhathini:
“I am grateful to Makhathini and his family for giving me a headstart in life and for restoring my family's dignity through the shelter.”
His future is currently looking even more brighter for the youngster who is now also doing his degree in actuary science and he thanked Makhathini for giving him a chance to have a bright future.
“I am working hard everyday to repay the faith Mr Makhathini had in me,” added Bhekamandaba.
The good Samaritan, Makhathini, said he was touched by Bhekamandaba's story, who passed his matric with flying colours but was unable to further his studies because his family was too poor. Makhathini took it upon himself to give the boy all.
“I knew I had to do something. I had to be a good person and assist the family, so I rolled up my sleeves and told myself I had an obligation to do good.”
Bhekamandaba is a living proof that nothing is impossible and that prayers can be answered. His mother was a domestic worker and could not afford much, such as school uniforms and fees. However, Bhekamandaba’s dedication towards his school work paid off as his family’s dignity has been restored and they are proud.
Meanwhile, Briefly News reported that South Africa's "faceless philanthroper" BI Phakathi has shared a powerful video from America of a Good Samaritan who helped a homeless woman not only with money but a job.
In the video the woman, Naomi explains that she has been lucky enough to stay at a hotel due to the kindness of a woman working there. Normally she sleeps in her car.
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