MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 24
Article views: 2838
Latest Badges:

View all Solarflair's badges.

The kindness of a stranger!

11 October 2012, 07:22

The Kindness of a stranger!  

While growing up my parents decided that it would be nice to take us four children away to a holiday resort. This one Easter brake my dad could not get off from work at his company, and our trip had already been planed, so my mom decided that she would go anyway. and he would come over the weekends.

We were so excited as this was our firs time that we would use my dads new caravan, the week before we packed the thing full off supplies and a week later of we were to masiena  to the Tsipese resort , We had a nice time driving from Johannesburg, up to the the northern Transvaal , but it seemed to take the whole day to get there , conversation was good and  my mom did get a but annoyed with us kinds being stuck in the kombie, you can think how a 4 year old boy  a six year old girl and a 11 and 12 year old boys would get bored. I think my mom had nerves of steel.

Anyway as the sun went down the kilo board read masina 180 km and we were confidant that we would make it in time to have a braai and put up a tent

This is when the unthinkable happened, the caravan started to wane left and right and pulling the combie out of control, My mom got it back under control and then pulled over to the side of the road to see what happened , She got out and took my elder brother with her, by now it was dusk and we were next to the road  she took a flash light and  had a look around, boy oh boy she discovered we have a flat .Ok she asked my big brother , if he had any idée were the caravan spear weal is? Nope my brother told her , and then the big search  started , she basically went true the hole caravan and even under it only to discover we don’t hace a spear, wile looking , we heard music some type of kwiato or something near by  that we didn’t understand ,it was a taxi  that had just pulled into a building about 50 meters from us, the occupants got out , yelled at each other drinking blacklabel corts, 5 minutes later another taxi got there and  the same thing happened, all the men went into this building and you could here it sounded like a hell of a party.. The road was quiet and we were getting worried , we were now stuck.

Out of the blue from behind us we saw bright lights stopping, my mom panicked now cause se didn’t know what to expect, she told us to keep quite, walking around, the caravan we saw a figure walking towards us in the front, the figure turned out to be a man that looked like a farmer, you know safari pak blue polyester with blue long socks with a comb in the socks

He knocked at the window hello mam, do you know were you are, Oh hello we are stuck , what a place to get stuck  the man replied , do you see that white building 50meters away, yes my mom replied, it is a house of prostitution for the seasonal workers on the farms in the aria Now I am so happy  you came, I was going to go in there to ask for help, mam you should get going what is the problem, we have a flat weal  on the caravan and don’t have a spear. Mam I have the same caravan only little bit smaller I am sure I can help you , I will be back now.

And with that the man in the safari pak got back into his bakkie and drove past us, an hour went by and he reappeared with a spear wheel , let me fit it for you , he fitted it and found out the size was different and the offered to tow our caravan to the camp site as the drive would be strange cause of the differences in the tiers sizes ,we agreed and thanked the man, he towed our  van to the camp site 160 km further, and then helped us  to get settled, when we stopped he introduced himself as Cobus . Cobus was a manager at a citrus farm in the aria , he was married and had 4 children of his own ,my mother thanked him and he sed he would be back the next day to collect his tire he took our flat with and sed he would help us with a new one, and asked if my mother wanted to buy a spear just incase for the trip back, she told him please and thank you , the next morning Cobus arrived about 10 o clock  with the fixed wheel and the new spear and brought his kids and wife, to come and say hello,  they wanted to see if we were settled and my mom gave him the money for the tires and offered to pay him for his help and petrol for towing us ,but he refused to take money for anything

A week later my Dad arrived by this time my mom called him and told him of how well Cobus has taken care of us and the story of what happened, As soon as my dad got a week end of he drove up to come say tank you to the man.

The two families eventfully became friends with each other and the friendship lasted a life time , and till this day I think of the kindness that that man did to us when he helped us, today thing like this is less likely to happen ,due to the fact that we have cell phones and help is just a call away, I think this is something that we took for granted , way back then but it a quality in human nature that is to be admired , so if something along the lines like this happens to you Praise the person who took the time to be a decent human being.this happened so long ago but yet i can never forget

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
The pearls of an Atheist Easter

I have an extended family that are Christian, and we are not talking the love they neighbour, forgive your mates and do the right thing, of the good old bishop Tutu kind. Read more...

61 comments 561 views
Submitted by
Makate Rapulana
The colour of corruption

The word "corruption" is without doubt the most (ab)used and politicised word in South Africa.  Read more...

20 comments 308 views
Submitted by
Makate Rapulana
Who is watching the watchdog?

The late chief justice Pius Langa once averred: “I think judges should have a thick skin. We work in public, we give our judgments in public, and we give reasons for those judgments." Read more...

3 comments 110 views
Submitted by
Narian Chengiah Naidoo
A Civilized Society

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. said, "Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society." Those words carry value and meaning only if "civilized" is understood as being good, happy and beneficial to all citizens. Read more...

7 comments 519 views
Submitted by
Rodney Bevan
SA under Zuma

Jacob Zuma, along with a handful of cronies has single handedly almost destroyed the country, its people and its economy. Read more...

37 comments 2838 views
Submitted by
The Fox 5366
Illegal Miners: Voiceless Prostit...

There's been a lot said about legalising prostitution so that prostitutes can be protected, receive healthcare and not be victimised. Read more...

11 comments 659 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25



E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

Digital Media & Marketing Association
© 2014 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.