“Siyabonga”: Man’s Wholesome TikTok Video Preparing Meals, Giving to the Poor Melts Hearts

“Siyabonga”: Man’s Wholesome TikTok Video Preparing Meals, Giving to the Poor Melts Hearts

  • A local man was an instant hit with his followers and other TikTok users due to his good-naturedness and kind spirit
  • User @savage.shayan posted a video of himself preparing a hearty home-cooked meal before going out into the streets and giving it to the homeless
  • The online user gained admiration and drew praise from his more than 75 000 followers on the video-sharing platform

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A content creator with a knack for generosity has gone viral for his selfless spirit, with a video showing him cooking and giving away food to the needy on the streets. Image: Stock photo
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A generous spirit extends beyond one's means to give. This simple yet powerful philosophy was the overarching message in a widely-viewed TikTok video showing a man preparing a hearty meal.

Finding and feeding the needy

Not long after, the account user, @savage.shayan, is seen driving around, parking and giving home-cooked meals — likely their first of the day — to poor, homeless people.

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He captioned the one-minute clip:

"Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare — Mike McIntyre."

In the video, which has nearly one million views, Savage Sayanza is seen cooking rice and a chicken neck stew with carrots, potatoes, beef soya mince and a generous sprinkle of spices.

After dishing up the food in polystyrene clamshell takeaway ccontainers, he neatly loads it into his car and drives to his intended destination.

There, the generous soul gives a plate to each person coming up to him.

At some point, he steps out of the car and hands more people food, some of whom had been wrapped in blankets to shield themselves from the cold weather in the street.

Mzansi feeling warm and fuzzy

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In addition to the high view count, the post scored over 94 000 likes, 600 shares, almost 2 800 bookmarks and 2 700 comments.

Briefly News took a deep dive into the flood of reactions to unearth the most interesting views.

@Fikakahle Nzuza said:

"God bless you, bro. Akwandisele lapho othathe khona (may your bounty increase)."

@Phumzile Laticia asked:

"Shayan, how do we donate? This is a beautiful movement, my brother."

@AV offered:

"If you're in Johannesburg, can I please buy and send you some groceries for your next giving?"

@AMLOUW noted:

"One morning I found a homeless man going through our garbage, and told him to wait while I quickly made food and coffee."

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In other news, Briefly News reported that university life is hard, especially for residential accommodation students who contend with the extra struggle of not having food.

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A broke University of Johannesburg (UJ) student took to his TikTok account to share what he had to eat for the day.

Source: Briefly News

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Tshepiso Mametela Tshepiso Mametela is a seasoned journalist with eight years of experience writing for online and print publications. He is an evening/weekend editor at Briefly News. He was a general news reporter for The Herald, a senior sports contributor at Opera News SA, and a reporter for Caxton Local Media’s Bedfordview and Edenvale News and Joburg East Express community titles. He has attended media workshops, including the crime and court reporting one by the Wits Justice Project and Wits Centre for Journalism in 2024. He was a member of the Forum of Community Journalists (FCJ) from 2018 to 2020.

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