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Homeless Man Gets Job And Shelter For Performing Thoughtful Deed

Jay Margolis, an entrepreneur who lives in Cape Town, South Africa, recently shared photos on Facebook that showcased a homeless man named Siyabulela “Dan” Magobiyane, picking up trash in Bantry Bay, a wealthy suburb. Margolis wrote that Magobiyane cares about the environment.

Margolis writes in his post, “Turns out, he’s ‘embarrassed about the pollution, and wants the beaches looking good for the tourists, and for the sea. He hasn’t been asked to do this, and doesn’t have a job. He goes on to tell me that he cleans the beaches every day, and for no reason other than he wants to ‘make the place nice.’”

Magobiyane's work has since gone viral across social media. As a result, he landed a job with a waste management service and now has a temporary place to stay. Margolis explained, “He moved to Ceres with his family to pick fruit. It’s seasonal work, so when that finished, he moved to Cape Town, but ran out of money and found himself homeless. He’s been embarrassed to go home and wants to make something of his life.”

Margolis was waiting for a client when he first saw Magobiyane. Margolis then noticed Magobiyane throwing garbage bags into a trash bin. He then saw the hard-working man do this several more times.

Margolis decided to buy Magobiyane lunch and learn more about his love and care for his surroundings. Since their first meeting, Margolis has met with Magobiyane again. In addition, he met with a social worker to help Magobiyane get back on his feet. Magobiyane is now in a shelter, where he can stay for about three to six months until he gets permanent housing.

Margolis went on to say, “He’s going to be an assistant driver and the good news is that Cape Skip is very committed to up-skilling him, so he won’t remain in the cycle of unskilled labor. They want to get him a driver’s license [and] his own truck.”

Furthermore, law firm Norman, Wink and Stephens also helped set up a trust fund for the man, to which people can donate money and help contribute to permanent housing costs and belongings for Magobiyane.

Photo: EWN, Kicker Dialy

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