Editorial | Goodness in our good republic

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Little Mnqobi with his mother Nthabiseng. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
Little Mnqobi with his mother Nthabiseng. Picture: Tebogo Letsie


Little Mnqobi needed to travel to Florida in the US for the pioneering operation.

Despite the hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic, many South Africans have opened their hearts and wallets to raise funds for a little boy’s surgery in the US.

Mnqobi was born with a congenital deformity called tibial hemimelia, which affects about one in a million worldwide.

Mnqobi’s parents, Nthabiseng and Nhlanhla Mzwakhe, had to come up with about R2.9 million for the operation and, after their pleas, South Africans reached into their pockets and gave what they could.

They dug deep to make it happen.

There really is so much goodness in our country.

Last week, Mnqobi and his parents flew to the US to prepare for the operation.

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the Good Samaritans who showed compassion and generosity in making sure that Mnqobi receives the best medical treatment available.

There is no doubt that South Africans have big hearts as, again, people have come forward with offers to help Zikhaya Sithole of Orange Farm, who suffered burns to his face, hands and legs while trying to save two children from a shack fire.

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There’s a Setswana proverb that says: “Mabogo dinku a a thebana.” Loosely translated: “People help one another under all circumstances.”

This rings true for Mnqobi and Sithole because, truth be told, we are living in a selfish world where humility appears to be almost nonexistent.

But we know there are still people who care and offer a hand at just the right time.

A case in point is how the majority of people demonstrated their good will in various forms when humanity was facing unrelenting hardship in the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

There really is so much goodness in our country.


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