A kind gesture changes a homeless man’s life

A South African businessman’s kind gesture has led to another man’s life being changed in the space of just a few days.

Entrepreneur Jay Margolis spotted a homeless man cleaning Bantry Bay Beach near Cape Town last week. Siyabulela Magobiyane, or ‘Dan’ as he’s more commonly known, regularly cleaned the beach because he wanted it to look good for tourists. But after Margolis mentioned his encounter with Magobiyane in a Facebook post, which was eventually shared more than 37,000 times, he says Magobiyane has since been offered a job.

“Since we met, Dan has been placed permanently at the Haven Night Shelter in Greenpoint. He’ll be there for three to six months. They’re helping him to transition from life on the street to a more active role. He has also been offered a permanent job with a company called Cape Skip. They’re very committed to upskilling him.”

Mr. Margolis’ post on Facebook read: “So this afternoon I was in Bantry Bay waiting for a client to arrive and I see this chap putting two big bags into the rubbish bin. 15 minutes later, he arrives with another two big bags of rubbish and put them in the bin…

When I come back, 45 minutes later, I see him filling another two big packets and wait for him to have a chat. Turns out, “he’s embarrassed about the pollution, and wants the beaches looking good for the tourists, and for the sea” he told me.

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”, and then with massive pride, pulls out his temp ID, to show me his name. He goes on to tell me that he got this, but still has to collect his Green ID book. Bought him lunch and left feeling so proud of people like this that live in our beautiful country. 
What a legend, Siyabulela Dan Magobiyane! City of Cape Town, give this man a job!”