Heartbroken man sceptical about new bike

2012-05-30 14:00

Cape Town - A man, who lost his bike in a shack fire in Pretoria while he was looking for work, said on Wednesday afternoon that he refused to believe he would be given a new bike.

Honda Kyalami in Johannesburg said it would give a brand new motorcycle to Chengetai Chauke.

Chauke told News24 that he could not believe that he had been offered the new bike and would only believe it when he saw it.

A heartbroken Chauke, 26, said he had paid R3 350 for the bike, and had been working to fix it and get it roadworthy when it was destroyed in a fire.

The bike was destroyed when a gas stove fell over and ignited on Tuesday morning, reducing 10 shacks, including Chauke’s, to ashes, in Woodlane informal settlement in Pretoria.

Chauke hoped that having the bike would help him gain employment.

Craig Langton, owner of the Honda Kyalami dealership told News24 that it had a brand new Honda Ace 125cc motorcycle valued at R8 900 to give Chauke.


Langton said they would also offer Chauke training at the Honda Academy. The car group said one of its suppliers have also come forward and want to donate gloves and a helmet to Chauke.

Hundreds of News24 users have also come forward wanting to help Chauke. 

  • Piet - 2012-05-30 14:06

    Honda should form a politcal party... I would vote for them!

      channing.froom - 2012-05-30 14:53

      wait .... if he doesnt have a licence for a bike honda cant give it to him ...... ?

      Marion - 2012-05-30 15:01

      @chanchan - I am assuming the Honda Academy is a place you learn to ride a bike so that you can then get a license.

      Bibi - 2012-05-30 15:15

      @chanchan: you're dumb. anybody can give a bike, car or truck. Obviously you need a drivers licence for it.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 15:21

      When one buys any kind of motorized transport it should be a requirement to produce a valid driver's license (preferably one earned and not bought). Just as one cannot buy a tv without a tv license. Maybe we would have less accidents on the roads. Maybe.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-05-30 15:24

      Channing, I particularly enjoyed the "don't get cocky" bit, you little arrogant pickle. I bought a bike, without a licence. Hell, I just wasnt allowed to ride it. Don't be silly and cry over your experiences having to be others as well.

      Jackie - 2012-05-30 15:24

      It doesnt say its to get his license? I would think its more an advanced riding type of training? Which would be fantastic for him. Similar to what land rover does with their 4x4 track? Anyway I think its great. @bibi i think you are very negative and not very bright. Sorry have a nice day.

      Vicker - 2012-05-30 15:37

      @chanchan - if you applied for financing on a vehicle to buy it with then the financing institution will require you to have a valid license for that particular vehicle, without which they will not approve financing.

      Oom - 2012-05-30 15:55

      So where are our brethren who call us racists all day long... This is a Cape Town boyitjie... Today I am proud to be a souf Efrikin..

      Johan - 2012-05-30 16:25

      "Chauke told News24 that he could not believe that he had been offered the new bike and would only believe it when he saw it." My guess is he has been promissed things before by those who wanted his vote... perhaps that is why he is now so sceptical.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-30 16:38

      chanchan your a douchebag, have a sense of humanity

      Bibi - 2012-05-30 16:47

      @chanchan: they clearly have not given it to him physically, they will train him, he will get his licence and they will formally hand over the bike with the necessary papers.

      craig.a.salter - 2012-05-30 20:34

      @chanchan you make me sick. There is hundreds of people reaching out to help a fellow south African. We can show the world that we might have our differences but in times of need we can stick together as one. If he doesn't have a license im sure they will first teach him how to drive the bike then help him earn he license. This man is trying to get his life together and you with your arrogance and people like you just drag us down

      Preshen - 2012-06-01 08:40


      Coral - 2012-06-01 10:05

      you dont need a licence to buy a car or a bike if its cash....

  • Loo - 2012-05-30 14:06

    This all makes me very happy .. I really do hope he gets his new bike and a good job.

      Piet - 2012-05-30 14:08

      Our God is great hey? His bike got destroyed for a reason… It was all part of the Big Guy upstairs’ plan…

      Loo - 2012-05-30 14:29

      Jason.. why do you feel the need to put a negative spin on this, everyone is entitled to his beliefs and or opinions. just be happy for the man and move on seriously.

      Rudie - 2012-05-30 14:30

      And not fall his @ss off. Be safe out there .THINK BIKE!

      Piet - 2012-05-30 14:34

      @ Jason – That is your opinion boet and everyone who agrees with you. I am certainly not going to waste my time with arguments that will lead nowhere. Just remember that God loves you.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 14:39

      @Piet - whilst I believe in, and always accept, God's blessings with joy and humility I certainly cannot conceive that He has a plan that says He will throw every obstacle He can in my way. I believe His plan is for me to have life and have it more abundantly. That is why I will never accept things like 'God has given me a cancer cup' etc. to test/prove my faith. The God I worship dispenses only good. The bad things are all as a result of our human existence. My opinion.

      vessela.hobson - 2012-05-30 15:04

      wow now everyone turned this into a god discussion? how about when a 2 year old dies in a house fire? thank you jesus in mysterious ways.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-05-30 15:25

      Loo, so, your opinion is valid, but a contradicting one not? No wonder god was involved in your status. bigot.

      Jason - 2012-05-30 15:31

      All im saying is if god was responsable for this "event" then there is a problem. Just remember it wasnt just this guys shack that burnt down.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-30 15:40

      @Piet I am sure the other shack dwellers who lost everything are stoked with your god

      Loo - 2012-05-30 15:52

      AI .. these Keyboard Ninjas again. In real life quiet and in the corner.. BUT on here !!! Makes me laugh

      Loo - 2012-05-30 16:06

      Oooo Don..ner .. now this has become a religious discussion. I thought the idea was just to be happy for the dude that is getting a new bike. Dont make this about ourselves now .. its about the other dude you know .. yes the one getting a new bike. ** Giggles out of context **

      Jason - 2012-05-30 16:09

      @piet they must have deserved this? random question what about the little boy that was murdered the other day did he deserve that! If it is your god that allows for the murder and rape of small children well then we believe in 2 seperate gods.

      phil.losopher.3 - 2012-05-31 13:35

      @Piet _ Which God is your God? And how do you know He is the one that started the fire? And how on earth can you say a God that destroys people's home's are great?

      Eben - 2012-06-01 13:00

      @ Piet "Our God is great hey? His bike got destroyed for a reason… It was all part of the Big Guy upstairs’ plan…" "The bike was destroyed when a gas stove fell over and ignited on Tuesday morning, reducing 10 shacks, including Chauke’s, to ashes, in Woodlane informal settlement in Pretoria" * 10 shacks* so yay god because a guy gets a bike while 9 other sit with nothing??? Please explain...

  • Darren - 2012-05-30 14:07

    Happy News!

  • bernadette.mundy - 2012-05-30 14:08

    Good on you Honda Kyalami!!! :) What a wonderful gesture!

  • Koos - 2012-05-30 14:08

    Pull a "Nomvula Mokonyane", you'll be forgiven.

      Loo - 2012-05-30 14:15

      HUH ????

      PumaFred - 2012-05-30 15:11

      A real koos comment

  • Finza - 2012-05-30 14:09

    When God close one door ,6 windows will open up..May gud Lord bless de hand dat gives....ur r blessed Mr Chauke..

      Michael - 2012-05-30 14:25

      Indeed. Also, Honda is already here. No need for a second coming.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 15:04

      @Finza - so God tipped the gas stove over to close a door? I think not.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-30 15:41

      When god burns down 6 houses and ruins 6 families he promotes Honda?

  • procold2 - 2012-05-30 14:11

    great job honda kyalami.

  • VaMbozha - 2012-05-30 14:13


  • Loo - 2012-05-30 14:14

    I think people in the market to buy a Honda should at least ask Kyalami Honda for a quote too .. AND NO lol .. I don't work for them

  • Steven - 2012-05-30 14:15

    Every time I read about Mr Chauke and how people are helping him out makes me wanna get up and do the happy dance. This is news, not that painting bollocks. Give Honda and everyone else who helped Chenge get his bike a bells. I'm willing to donate the bells to Honda (truth)

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-30 14:15

    WHY IS THIS NEWS ??????????????????????????????

      Linda - 2012-05-30 14:22

      Its news because in the new South Africa it seems that everyone is only looking out for themselves - and Craig Langton has made a wonderful gesture to help someone else. Pity you cant see the newsworthy aspect of the story.

      Ben - 2012-05-30 14:24

      +1 to Honda Kyalami, -1 to Barloworld Toyota Stellenbosch!

      Steven - 2012-05-30 14:26

      and a painting is?

      Loo - 2012-05-30 14:26

      So you only consider politics, crime and destruction as news ???

      Marion - 2012-05-30 15:06

      @Ben - what did Barloworld Toyota Stellenbosch do to p*** you off? :-)))

      Shellerjc - 2012-05-30 15:07

      So all you want to hear about is death & distruction? This a FEEL GOOD story to show that there are still people out there who give a damn - You obviously dont

      Bibi - 2012-05-30 15:19

      @anthro45: are you dumb as well? In a sea of negative, evil, sad, depressing and wrist slashing stories, we a need some good news. maybe you only talk about negative stuff around your braai and secretly enjoys all the bad stuff, but get a life. you do not have to read it, use your mouse and cursor and skip over the story.

      Ben - 2012-05-30 15:45

      @Marion. Nothing really. Anthro45 is the Senior Sales Executive at Barloworld Toyota Stellenbosch. :)

      Marion - 2012-05-30 16:20

      @Ben - lol... good one.

      Savannah - 2012-05-30 20:15

      Oh be quiet please and get back in your box.

      sanz.zn - 2012-05-31 12:05

      because its time that we heard of some of the good things that happen in SA

      Warren - 2012-05-31 16:51

      Wow. And thats why I don't buy Toyota! Thanks for reminding me anthro45 I live not to far from Kyalami. Going to check that Honda shop out!

  • Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-05-30 14:16

    Now that is a country we should build...

      revaro.winkler - 2012-05-30 15:36

      positive people like you @fhedzni that makes south africa great

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-30 14:16

    Big thumbs up HONDA. You turned this into a good day. Well done.

  • koo.doyle - 2012-05-30 14:16

    Aaah so nice to read a heart-warming story for a change. Well done Honda.

      sanz.zn - 2012-05-31 12:06

      why would any1 dislike your comment?

  • aubrey.turner2 - 2012-05-30 14:18

    Awesome!! well done Honda!

  • siya.jr - 2012-05-30 14:19

    I salute Honda.....Chauke must get a driving licence.

  • Shamielah - 2012-05-30 14:21

    It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

  • Jamba - 2012-05-30 14:22

    Chauke, be gratefull. Not all people are bad. I am very happy for you, and A big thank you Honda.

  • Shamielah - 2012-05-30 14:22

    It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

  • Linda - 2012-05-30 14:22

    Craig Langton you are a true gentleman! How wonderful that you are willing to make a difference in someone else's life.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-30 14:23

    Ah - typical Honda. You guys are absolute stars. Well done!!!! My donation will sadly be substantially smaller, but still, it will combine to help this young man on his way.

  • Carla - 2012-05-30 14:28

    Well done Honda Kyalami!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-30 14:28

    We can change the world, One Random Act Of Kindness at a time.

  • bfvillet - 2012-05-30 14:29

    a good news story it is what makes us south african

  • Rockafella - 2012-05-30 14:33

    Marketing 101 good when the rest of the world is looking..

  • Marion - 2012-05-30 14:34

    You will get it. Then you will just need to get a job - even if it is only at Debonairs or a local pharmacy etc., Good luck Chengetai. You will see that your bike and much more comes your way. Blessings.

      Victoria - 2012-05-30 15:34

      Dear Marion I believe that the bad things that happen to us is a result of our own choice (free will that God gave humans). So maybe the person who put the gas stove on made a bad choice for example using a gas stove that is not safe or on an uneven surface. God never promised that life would be easy, however he did promise that He would always be here for us. Just my opinion of course.

      Jason - 2012-05-30 16:13

      @victoria where did that even come from? @marion was wishing the guy goodluck and you come rolling on the jesus train?

      Marion - 2012-05-30 17:26

      @Victoria - I realize that you are commenting about a previous comment of mine. I agree that the bad things happen because of what we as humans do. Personally even believe that many of our 'natural' disasters are caused by us destroying our planet. When the paw-paw hits the fan He has always been there for me and my family. The help He sends comes in many different forms. In the case of Chauke the help came through a man with a good heart, whether he is religiously inclined or not.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-05-30 14:39

    Well done Honda and good luck to Mr Chauke. P.S. My 2012 Aston martin DBS spontaneously combusted on the way to work, what will I do :-(

      Nigel - 2012-05-30 14:59

      Well I know of a burnt our M/Cycle I could let you have cheap.

      PumaFred - 2012-05-30 15:07

      I suggest you take is up with aston Martin new cars should not be doing that

      Shellerjc - 2012-05-30 15:09

      LOL. buy a new one - you DO have the money after all LOL *Sarcasm* Incase others dont get it

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-30 15:14

      What will you do?? I would say, start with the phone call to your insurance broker. You know the one that they did not plan for. And hope for the best. That's if they have enough to cover you.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-30 14:46

    And I'd jus be happy with a job ....

      Marion - 2012-05-30 15:07

      @IcemanGP - a job? Any job?

  • themba.s.mayongo - 2012-05-30 14:47

    wow! Wonderful news for a change after the spear saga, leaving people smiling

      vlarismam - 2012-05-30 15:13

      Indeed heartwarming Themba - however, the spear saga and comments had me rolling on the floor laughing my @$$ off for at least a week! I shall miss that spear!

      tlethwane - 2012-05-30 15:29

      i really honestly don't understand y is dis a big issue, people get highjacked everyday...wat r they gonna do about dat?

      tlethwane - 2012-05-30 15:29

      i really honestly don't understand y is dis a big issue, people get highjacked everyday...wat r they gonna do about dat?

      tlethwane - 2012-05-30 15:30

      i really honestly don't understand y is dis a big issue, people get highjacked everyday...wat r they gonna do about dat?

      Mike - 2012-05-31 10:32

      tlethwane, there is very little that you understand.....why tell us?

  • Jonathandereuck - 2012-05-30 14:49

    My car was in an accident, I am unemployed, and worked really hard for it. Can someone please give me a new one? I need to add I am white... Don't know if this will change the outcome or not. Thank you

      Nigel - 2012-05-30 15:02

      You're unemployed? But you said you worked very hard for your car. ?????? Why must it be a new car??? Won't a second hand car do??????? As for your last sentence - you just blew it totally. Get a life.

      PumaFred - 2012-05-30 15:05

      He did not ask to be helped u on the other hand expect handouts.

      Jonathandereuck - 2012-05-30 15:18

      Ummmm, If asking News 24 to publish it in the paper... THAT IS PRETTY MUCH ASKING. @nigel, Do you know that people can work, then not work, then work, then not work.... That is the difference between being EMPLOYED and being UNEMPLOYED. Wait, let me make it easier for you to understand as I suspect I am dealing with someone with a low IQ, I worked hard for my car, then a "Mr Chauke" wrote it off... Now I have no car.... Shees, News 24, please add the feature of allowing us to draw pictures for some people. And, yes please, a second hand car will do fine thanks.

      Bibi - 2012-05-30 15:24

      @Jonathan: then fly to your job, seeing you are in a plane in your cover photo. This guy did not ask for anything you idiot,well last holiday a drunken mr jonathan wrote off my car. Troll!

      Nigel - 2012-05-30 15:30

      Well - you just blew it again. Explain the little "I need to add I am white... Don't know if this will change the outcome or not." And I see you are a Pilot? I don't think you need to beg for a motor car idiot.I'm sorry but I can see right through you. As for your personal attack - shove it where it fits best mate, and re-think the IQ bit - you have no idea.

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-05-30 15:34

      @Jonathan-UMmmm, Mr Chauke did'nt ask News24 to publish his story. I'll be patient too, you see journalists are always on the lookout for newsworthy stories. So, when they heard that a fire had destroyed a number of homes in an informal settlment they went there for an eyewitness account. So, once there, they would have to interview witnesses or victims and Mr Chauke (fortunately for him) was one of those.Talk about being @ the right place @ the right time. Thanks.

      Jonathandereuck - 2012-05-30 16:01

      Yes I am a pilot, and no, I don't really need a new car... But The car, plane and my licence was all paid for by ME and not government. I did not make people feel sorry for me and ask for help. P.S. Do you know that SAA is thinking of a cadet program for previously disadvantaged persons off the street to learn to become pilots in just 3 years? Since all your last comments, please make sure your next flight for you and your families are booked on SAA.... And have a nice trip

      Jason - 2012-05-30 16:18

      Hi Jonathan you should really be careful where you post things with a profile directly linked to yours. I currently work for SAA and even though were are a very unpopular airline our word does carry a long way in the industry. I will be sure to share your views with all the other airlines PS goodluck finding a job now ( people dont employ racists)

      Marion - 2012-05-30 16:22

      @Jonathandereuck - I doubt very much that they will just take people 'off the streets' without suitable entry level qualifications.

      Jonathandereuck - 2012-05-30 16:36

      Either way, it takes food out of peoples mouths who have paid up to and in excess of R1 000 000 for their training out of their own pockets after being told that it is for blacks only. Yes those were the words I heard when I called them up in 2005. Totally Racist! And for that, I do hold a grudge with regards to things being done and given to the PDA people of SA.

      Jonathandereuck - 2012-05-30 16:41

      @Jason- SAA are the racists here not me. P.S. you profile is also linked... but you seem to block content, where I am not ashamed or have nothing to hide.

      Bibi - 2012-05-30 16:54

      @Jonathan: this was a good story amongst the overload of daily rape, murder, fraud, ANC mayhem etc. Just be happy for this guy, had his shack not burnt down you would not have known about his bike he was trying to fix. Just see the story for what it is.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 17:30

      @Jonathandereuck - I can fully understand your frustration. Sadly sometimes we just need to take a different road though. By the way, did you mean one million rand or one hundred thousand rand?

      Jonathandereuck - 2012-05-30 17:37

      @Marion- R1m Mam. In fact the figure is more on R1.5m (One Million) before an airline will even think about employing you. Please people I am not a racist, you can ask any one of the people of colour that work for me, I am loved and respected and love and respect them back. I am not on about the individual here, I am generalizing.

      craig.hicks.7737 - 2012-05-31 01:47

      @Jonathandereuck , you really are to self important for your own good .

      Mike - 2012-05-31 10:35

      Jonathan what a complete tosser you are, no one gives a hoot about your infantile whining, can we play the worlds smallest violin for you?

  • Faizie - 2012-05-30 14:52

    Pay insurance TFT

  • vangiz - 2012-05-30 14:53

    Amazing story! Ubuntu is alive and well! Thank you Craig of Honda!

  • Juanita - 2012-05-30 14:54

    Faith has been restored! Well done to the Honda team!

  • Benjaminiankemp - 2012-05-30 14:55

    That is a wonderful story. I know how he feels.

  • drishworth - 2012-05-30 14:57

    In a country which seems to be devoid of any humanity this story has made me realise that there are indeed many good people out there - very heart warming. What a wonderful gesture by Honda Kyalami and many other News24 readers and members of the general public.

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-05-30 15:02

    Hao! That's great news, Tx Honda JHB and the poor citizens for coming forward, though I would have expected ANC hot shots to come first to this man's rescue.

      Keith - 2012-05-30 15:09

      Never in a million years would they come forward with a hand up. Good citizens of this country will always help. Do you think the ANC gives a damn about Mr Chauke? They will only care that he exists in 2014 and all he'll get is a yellow T Shirt

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-05-30 15:19

      Thieves are the most selfish people i know!.

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  • Keith - 2012-05-30 15:11

    Well done Craig give that man a Bells, I a glad I have bought 2 bikes from you maybe some of those profits went into the bike for Mr Chauke.

  • nixvn - 2012-05-30 15:13

    *facepalm* HONESTLY???? Really now???

  • lefnkompela - 2012-05-30 15:15

    This is the kinda news we need to see or read about.."Good news for a change"

  • Thembi - 2012-05-30 15:17

    Craig I can't thank you enough I wish you more sells and more exposure God bless

  • valdette.brits - 2012-05-30 15:17

    Wow, that's awesome!!

  • tdshezi - 2012-05-30 15:19

    Thank you Honda for showing the true spirit of UBUNTU to a destitute man who had lost everything!

      Jason - 2012-05-30 16:20

      @rob are you freaking kidding me! where do they hide all of you racist idiots! something happens and you all crawl out the woodwork.

      Oom - 2012-05-30 16:47

      I see the bikes already on

      Rob - 2012-05-30 18:35

      @ currie.....Not for you. It's the truth though & so typical.

  • Jonathandereuck - 2012-05-30 15:21

    This stuff makes me MAD!!! There are starving kids in Africa... and someone gets a new motor cycle....

      Marion - 2012-05-30 15:40

      @Jonathandereuck - so what did you do to feed a starving kid in Africa today?

      Jonathandereuck - 2012-05-30 16:15

      I posted the above comment on News24 and made people aware of the issue. What did you do?

      arne.verhoef - 2012-05-30 16:19

      "Made people aware of the issue"? Thats called slactivism. I sense a little envy in you of mr. Chauke. Its the small things that matter, if everyone helped out their closest in need, guess what? There'd be no hungry kids. If you are not willing to physically help('awareness' doesnt count)rather keep quite son.

      Marion - 2012-05-30 16:24

      @Jonathandereuck - I have been 'doing' for the past 13 years and don't need to explain to you how I do it. But you should try to at least buy a blanket and some food for a homeless person this winter. You may actually have the feel good feeling that you haven't had with this story.

      Jonathandereuck - 2012-05-30 16:26

      I will have you know that my I (My Company) donates R30 000 to an orphanage on a monthly bases. We supply food, cleaning chemicals, cleaning staff and clothes. So this all said, WHAT DID you do? Please I am waiting for and answer. P.S. No envy to Mr Chauke.... But can just imagine how the "advertising" has increased sales for Honda.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-05-30 16:29

      Wait, werent you unemployed just a few comments up? Please ou, everyone can lie on the internet, but you are not being very clever at it, are you? I think someones been sniffing the cleaning chemicals that were supposed to be donated...

      Marion - 2012-05-30 17:32

      @Jonathandereuck - donations by companies are tax deductible. My husband and I have raised a PDA (as you call it) kid for the past 13 years as our own son. No tax deductions for that.

      Mike - 2012-05-31 10:52

      Your company donates the money Jonathan not you so please don't be taking any credit for that.

  • Richard - 2012-05-30 15:21

    Now if our Government had a big heart as demonstrated by it's citizens then they would stop stealing our money and make it available to the people who need it and then we can all sleep warm and eat well.

  • Nicky - 2012-05-30 15:23

    Oh boy, the further I go down the list of comments, the less I want to read them... Daily people complain about politics and crap - this is a good thing, regardless of the nitty gritty details. Enjoy the moment people, this is what we all want and ask for daily, don't spoil it now :) Thank you News24, Honda, and ALL the individuals who made this possible, keep it coming. My thought for the day: Never be the lessor person, always be the better person!

      Nigel - 2012-05-30 15:52

      Agreed. It seems some folk would be happier to have only bad news. Interesting.

  • Justin - 2012-05-30 15:32

    Tomorrows headline. Chauke crashes new motorcyle on his way to the training academy! Hero Honda becomes villan. What a stupid PR exercise. 10 people need new homes, and 1 Zimbo gets a new bike. Only in SA

      PumaFred - 2012-05-30 15:45

      Justin go back into the hole you crawled out of. He did not ask for the bike. Australia need people like you

  • tlethwane - 2012-05-30 15:33

    y is dis such a big issue...i lost my car...can someone get me a new one!!!

      Mike - 2012-05-31 10:48


  • tlethwane - 2012-05-30 15:33

    y is dis such a big issue...i lost my car...can someone get me a new one!!!