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Simply Asia in Durbanville received a tip amounting to R6,000 from one customer.
  • Even amid a deadly pandemic, South Africans know how to offer help.
  • From generous tippers at restaurants, and a petrol attendant who was helped out of a sticky situation, South Africans have been a blessing to some.
  • Here are some of our favourite moments where South Africans demonstrated their big hearts.
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There's no doubt that Covid-19 has wreaked havoc in the lives of many, but even in the throes of a deadly pandemic, South Africans have shown that they can come together to offer a helping hand.

Several times, South Africans have left a smile on a compatriot's face since the pandemic started in March last year, and these are our favourite heartening moments.

The big tippers

Staff members at a Cape Town, Durbanville-based, Simply Asia restaurant were surprised to see a patron had left them a tip of R6,000, or R500 for each staff member on duty. The gesture came as a much needed reprieve given restaurants have been hard hit by the pandemic and the lockdown.  


A string of other restaurants followed with similar reports where customers left tips worth R6,000. The eateries such as Angelo's Pizza in Randpark Ridge and DC Coffee Co were among the lucky restaurants, Good Things Guy reported.

Pep's Lay-by Buddy

After a donation of R337,000 used towards paying off 363 lay-by accounts belonging to random Pep customers, many more South Africans joined in offering to help settle lay-bye bills of Pep customers. The retailer itself participated, donating R500,000 more.

Customers continue to make donations through the retailer's Lay-by Buddy campaign. (Image: Pep)

The donations led to the retailer setting up a system known as the Lay-by Buddy vouchers, where anyone can purchase a voucher for random strangers with a lay-by account with the retailer.

For this Pizzeria, a R20,000 tip had staff smiling


A popular pizza restaurant, Massimo's in Hout Bay's staff had a welcome gift after the adjusted Lockdown Level 4 that South Africa recently came out of. The pizzeria, which also turned into a kitchen soup for the vulnerable and asked for donations from customers, got a tip of R20,000 which put a smile on the faces of its staff, News24 reported.

Push the Produce

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Push the Produce Facebook page.

And when Level 4 lockdown came into effect on a Sunday night, restaurant owners in the country were left stranded after learning they'd be allowed to operate only partially. With only takeaway orders permitted, it meant the produce they had stocked ran the risk of rotting and going to waste. But an initiative started by Cape Town-based Nicole Kuhnert, Push The Produce, was a saving grace for some restaurants. Instead of getting their latest groceries from larger supermarkets, South Africans were encouraged to buy food from their nearest restaurant.

Remember Wiseman, the petrol station attendant who got scammed?

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Wiseman Ndabezitha.
Moeketsi Mamane

Last year petrol attendant Wiseman Ndabezitha, at a BP in Hilton, got tricked by a customer who caught Ndabezitha on a video that circulated on social media. The customer paid for the petrol in two R10 notes instead of R210. When he asked for the petrol, the customer had requested that he put in petrol worth "210", which he argued implied two R10 notes instead of "R210". 

Ndabezitha's story caught the attention of Tweeters and they mobilised not only to settle the bill but practice goodwill and put a smile on his face by donating R210s. He ended up receiving thousands of rand in donations, with Nedbank matching all contributions.

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