Man ferries people across flooded Cape street

2012-09-29 10:26

Johannesburg - A Somerset West man carried people across the town's main street for a fee after heavy rains caused it to flood, according to a report on Saturday.

Patrick Malgas, 39, ferried pedestrians who did not want to get knee deep into the water to cross the street on his back for R2, Beeld reported.

When asked where he got the idea, a friend of his answered: "From the Lord".

However Malgas refuted this and said he got the idea seven years ago after seeing another man do it.

He has been homeless for 13 years after his parents lost their home in Macassar, according to the report.

"I made R42. One woman gave me R7. There was also one big woman who I had to carry with her baby on her back and all," Malgas was quoted as saying.

"Some people were hesitant, but when they saw I didn't drop anyone else they wanted to get on [my back]."

A businessman in town even made him a poster to advertise his service.

"I took off my shoes and rolled up my trouser legs. I was soaking wet very quickly, but it was worth it," he told Beeld.

  • rob.munro - 2012-09-29 10:33

    good on him. It was so wet! We had a river running along our street!

      derek.gunter.946 - 2012-09-29 10:40

      And he gave the credit where it was due... Cool stuff!

      ettienne.pel - 2012-09-29 12:10

      Well done!! People like this usually go unnoticed. He most certainly is one of very few Samaritans in this world. Hats off to you sir!!!

      acm.munro - 2012-09-29 13:36

      Agree .... what a lovely character ... hope your river has by this time reached the sea!

      rodrique.j.thomas - 2012-09-30 12:23

      thats just crazy. Helping atleast 2 ppl over would have been the decent thing to do...charging them a fee was appropriate. He saw the market and capitalised on it. And dont even go on bout the R42. Thats a R42 he never had. Good for you buddy, like the chippa owners of SA, dont let ur circumstances define your future. I also think u need a bells, but thats going to deplete have of ur proceeds*smile*

  • ivana.rudman - 2012-09-29 10:42

    In other Countries, people do things like this for free, i.e. help out anyone as your duty.

      rvbrink - 2012-09-29 10:53

      This man has not got an income like you, but is still willing to help.That bit of donation did not even touch the people who gave it, but it definately does help him.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-29 10:58

      Why don't you share in the moment instead of being a smarty pants. Good job Patrick

      marianne.jacobszkapp - 2012-09-29 11:06

      R2 a trip is peanuts. Good on him for showing initiative and helping people for a very nominal fee.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-29 11:57

      @ivana.rudman:)take it easy on this creative, hard-working poor man. At least he is not a recipient of BBBEE. However, I dread the fact that if he is swept away but a current he might drown with his client. Just a thought, anyway!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-29 12:13

      Ivana.rudman. In other countries people are not homeless for thirteen years.

      edward.d.beesley - 2012-09-29 17:04

      Carry those heavyweights across the street for R2? Tightfisted schweins - I would've renegotiated in the middle of the street, and if they hadn't paid more, dropped them in water ;)

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-29 10:59

    Shows that you can find a "job" to earn some money and don't always have to beg. This person proved this by using his brain and at the same time time helped others. You deserve a Bells.

  • ziggamann.shepard - 2012-09-29 11:10

    big woman should have paid R4 plus R1.50 for child

  • roger.hess.14 - 2012-09-29 11:23

    Definitely top marks; taking the initiative to provide a unique service requiring a lot of physical endurance under vary nasty conditions at an affordable rate anyone who needs it. Good thinking & possibly employers might have to track this chap down. I gave our domestic help a ride to the taxi rank in the middle of that flood as opposed to her normal pickup point & the water on main road was coming up by my floor boards!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-29 11:30

    Thumbs up big guy!

  • kian.barker.1 - 2012-09-29 11:35

    Give that man a Bell's, our future minister of enterprises!

  • cathy.lourens.14 - 2012-09-29 11:43

    Wow what a great and interesting idea! Thank you to Somerset West's Uncapped Internet Cafe for the photos and for helping this man with his idea by making his sign as well!

  • cathy.lourens.14 - 2012-09-29 11:47

    For photos of the man and his customers, go to Facebook , Uncapped Internet Cafe , Somerset West

      cathy.lourens.14 - 2012-09-29 11:50

  • graham.barlow.902 - 2012-09-29 11:47

    Malgas? Aptly named. The ferry across the Breede is at Malgas, and is also 'people powered'.

  • maquia1 - 2012-09-29 11:56

    Thinking out of the box

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-29 12:12

    Lord, after almost twenty years of 'freedom', a man must carry people across water to make some money. Homeless for thirteen years already, where must it end?.

  • hugh.robinson.56 - 2012-09-29 12:15

    At least this is an honest way of making money. Clever fellow. Better than some I have seen who charge the sick and infirm R2 - R5 to fetch a 25 lt drum of free water from an up stand pipe 100m away.

  • cathy.lourens.14 - 2012-09-29 12:16

  • frederikrudolph.vandyk - 2012-09-29 12:22

    Viva Innovation viva!

  • zwelihle.mkhize.3 - 2012-09-29 12:37

    He broke the law. He carried passengers without a PDP :-) :-P

      acm.munro - 2012-09-29 13:23

      I enjoyed your joke, but I think somebody thought you were serious to give you the thumbs down!!

      frans.vanderpoll - 2012-09-29 14:46

      Sharp one zwelihle! And I agree with ACM some people don't have a sense of humor.

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-09-29 14:24

    May this kind man be blessed in abundance. I pray that your initiative will be rewarded! I salute you!

  • mlulami.dike - 2012-09-29 16:10

    May God give you many, many blessings man,you really dd a good job. Hallelujah!!

  • kumbulani - 2012-09-30 10:23

    I feel sorry 4 him. Its like he honestly ferried 18 pax to get R42. He endured pain and a risk. 13yrs and stil more years of no shelter. God guide him and bless him abundantly

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