Yesterday, a young man got into a taxi but before even entering, he told the driver that his fare was R2 short.
The driver allowed him to get in & the young man thanked him for his kindness.
The driver asked him where he was going and the young man told him that he was on his way to a job interview… his first ever job interview ever.
He had been applying for jobs since he graduated from Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and only got called for an interview yesterday.
The Taxi driver offered him a free ride as he needed the money to get back home. The driver also gave the young man R10 & wished him good luck for the job interview.
The driver said gave the young man advise, he told him to not give up & become one of those young boys in the township who smoke nyaope.
Malaika was on that taxi & saw the whole thing, she took a picture of the taxis number plate & wrote the story on her Facebook which is being shared like wildfire.
This is what she said… “I’m going to take this taxi’s number plate when I get off and write a letter to the community paper about this. If any of you should get into it, know that you’re being driven by a leader! #Respect! Malaika wa Azania.”
Thilivhali (the taxi driver) is a 25 year old man from Thohoyandou in Venda. He studied to become a fire-fighter and paramedic. He’s very passionate about helping people. When jobs were hard to come by in Venda, he took the decision to come to Johannesburg to look for a job. He arrived here a month ago and is staying with a relative of his in Meadowlands.
He is determined to get out of the taxi industry and do what he is passionate about: being a fire-fighter or a paramedic. Thilivhali has not given up on his dreams, and continues to apply for fire-fighter and paramedic jobs whenever he gets the opportunity to do so.
He has also expressed an interest in furthering his studies, but says he intends to study part-time and work full-time as he has to send money home and also make a living.
Thilivhali has had the opportunity to share his story on various mediums & I think we can all understand why he had helped that young man. Thilivhali saw in that young man his own aspirations. Like that young man, he too wants to be called for an interview, to get a job that offers him security, to rise above his temporary circumstances of being a taxi driver.
Thilivhali’s story teaches us to never set our eyes off our goals, and that while working hard to achieve our goals, we must never forget to help those who are traveling the same journey.