Help raise funds for truck

2018-11-06 06:02

Sheehama Onesmus from Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay lost his business overnight when his truck was stolen on Sunday 21 October.

Like any other evening after work, he parked his truck next to his house, on the street. This was something he had done for almost five years since buying the truck. However, the next morning when he woke up looking forward to another day of work, a terrible nightmare was awaiting him outside.

The truck was gone.

“I got confused, I could not believe my eyes. How can a truck I have parked all these years just disappear like that?”

Onesmus says he asked around and went to report the theft at Hout Bay Police Station.

His truck was later found in Gugulethu, stripped and burnt.

All his business was now turned into ashes. “It broke my heart. It was my source of income. I have a family to support and I do not have any other job. It is all I have for my family.”

He is a father of three and his wife is currently not employed.

Onesmus worked closely with different businesses in Hout Bay and has for the past two years been closely working with Pierre de Wet, the owner of a local furniture shop, making deliveries in the surrounding communities.

Now they are working together to try and revive the business.

De Wet started a crowdfunding page on Back-a-Buddy to raise money to buy another truck.

They are appealing to the public for support and Onesmus is willing to do anything to be able raise the funds.

“I would not mind working to earn the money. The truck is important to me and the sooner I get one the better things will be for my family. I call upon anybody who can assist to contact us.”

De Wet says that as a businessman, he can only imagine how Onesmus feels about losing his truck. He says he could not bear seeing Onesmus so stressed and decided to do something.

“I hope we can raise R60 000 through the page. If we can get that I would be able to top it up and get him a truck to continue his business again. As a businessman, it is important that we support each other and not only focus on making a profit but building each other too.” V To make a donation, visit their Back-a-Buddy page www.backabuddy.co.za/get-sheehamas-business-back or call Sheehama Onesmus on 078 567 5614.

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