We live in a big, bold, beautiful country, but often in the humdrum of our daily lives we lose sight of that, and it becomes easy to be negative. That’s why it’s important to remind ourselves of the beautiful heart and soul of this country and that is, surely, also of our fellow South Africans.
Top of my list has to be the hero of the second people Has Heart feature. Cape Town musician Nick Becker was heartbroken when his prized saxophone was stolen out his car. In fact, he was so heartbroken that he offered up his entire life savings – R25 000 – for its safe return. He posted the reward online and on flyers all over Cape Town. And he waited. Enter fellow Cape Town musician Jai. Now, being a musician meant that Jai had a good idea what the instrument was worth. And he also knew a good deal when he saw one. So when he found a vagrant selling the sax he bought it and contacted Nick. When they met, Nick was in for two very big surprises. First, that the sax was in fact his beloved instrument, and – now this is the heart and soul I spoke of earlier – Jai refused the reward. Jai turned down R25 000.
All he wanted was a bottle of whiskey. Nick says that meeting Jai has restored his faith in humanity. We think this gesture makes Jai a bona fide South African hero and as part of our people Has Heart feature, we’re promoting Jai’s business in the story because, well, we think he deserves it! Turn to page 47 of issue to see how. Good one, Jai!
If you’re a regular people reader you will know that we are crazy about animals and this week we chatted to Paws R Us. Turn to pages 50 and 51 to see what these good people are doing. You really do find compassion out there.
Until next week!