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Boxer employee returns customers lost grant

Boxer Lady Frere employee Sakhumzi Baneti shows Branch Manager Mteto Boyce where he found the money that had been dropped by SASSA grantee Nolwandle Qabele.

When Regional Ops Manager Lesley Naicker of Boxer Superstore paid the Lady Frere shop a visit on Thursday, he had no idea he would encounter a staff member that did the unthinkable, twice.

“While I was visiting the store, one of the staff members walked into the office very discreetly and reported that he had just picked up a large roll of money that had been accidentally dropped on the store floor by a customer. I am incredibly proud of him and it just reaffirms the values and ethics we all carry at Boxer,” said Naicker.

Sakhumzi Baneti said it was the second time that he had found money on the floor of the same Superstore. “I found a customer’s wallet in July with R1 900 that belonged to a pensioner. She was crying in the store when she realised that she had lost the money and I felt so good being able to tell her that we found it,” said the shop steward who has been with Boxer for ten years.

Three months later, Boxer Lady Frere Branch Manager, Mteto Boyce said he was even more proud of Baneti. “I always remind my team that we are all responsible for our community and honesty and kindness are part of our responsibilities. Sakhumzi is an honest man who is leading by example. The fact that this is the second time that he has done this shows what a good man he is,” said Boyce.

Boyce and his team spent the next few days in search of the owner of the roll of money. After many calls and queries working with SASSA, the team was able to contact the owner, Nolwandle Qabele from Ndonga who lost her grant money. “When she was told that her SASSA grant money had been found she just broke down. There were lots of tears of happiness,” said Boyce.

Qabele was in complete disbelief saying, “I never thought anyone would find my money, let alone give it back. Sakhumzi has done well and I am so grateful to him for looking out for me,” she said.


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