Shell South Africa began trending on Twitter on Tuesday morning after it was discovered that the company has decided to donate half a million rand to charity on behalf of petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele.
The 28-year-old gain overnight fame following a social media post by 21-year-old Monet Van Deventer regarding his kindness to lend her R100 petrol after she forgot her bank card at home and he was concerned she would run out of fuel on the N2 highway.
The post which has been shared 53,000 times, led Van Deventer to start a crowdfunding campaign to raise R100,000 for Mbele and his family.
People from around the country opened their wallets in appreciation of Mbele’s kindness and the BackaBuddy campaign has since surpassed R400,000.
On Monday South Africans noticed a clause that BackaBuddy would manage the funds raised and that the money will not actually reach Mbele himself, which sent social media into a frenzy of disapproval.
Mbele has however said that he requested that BackaBuddy administer the funds as the area he resides in is unsafe and the company will therefore make payments to his childrens school for their education.
On Tuesday Mbele received a call from Shell’s Country Chair Hloniphizwe Mtolo who congratulated and commended Mbele on his kindness. He was informed that the company will be donating R500,000 to a charity of his choice.
Mbele will also be nominated in the Shell Service Awards in July and he has been invited to attend the ceremony which will be held in Zanzibar where he will be honoured for his kind act.