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CapeTalk listeners reach into their pockets to reunite Malawian family

Several CapeTalk listeners have offered to pay the full travel expenses that will see a five-year-old homesick child reunited with her parents.

Andrea in Muizenberg called in to the John Maytham Show to share a touching story about a less fortunate family close to her heart.

I have a Malawian friend who has been for six years. His daughter was born here.

Andrea, caller

Her Malawian friend and his wife made the tough call to leave their young daughter in Malawi, following the first family trip back home in six years.

They thought leaving their child behind with relatives was the best, as they do not earn much and live in the Capricorn Park informal settlements.

But two months after parting ways with their daughter in October, she has fallen sick and her parents have realised that it is better for her to be with them here in Cape Town, South Africa.

Except, it costs at least R3 000 for travel fare to bring the child back - which would take them months to raise.

That's where CapeTalk listners came in...

In less than 10 minutes, several locals volunteered to cover the costs after hearing the story.

Listen to the moving story here:


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