Retailer helps hero employee further his studies

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to Paul Stephens, a round-the-world sailor who became the victim of a mugging at knife-point who was saved by a young South African hero, Sibusiso Mvalo.

Stephens says he and his wife were walking down Strand Street when two guys attacked them trying to take their belongings.

While trying to fight off the robbers, Sibusiso Mvalo, saw this and fought off the criminals who were waving a knife at him.

He is such a brave guy... he really didn't need to but he ran and got us out of trouble.

Paul Stephens, Sailor

Mvalo says this was his chance to help another human being, just as he was helped when he didn't have taxi fare to work on the last day of December and a total stranger helped him out.

He says he works at Checkers in Sea Point and was on his way home when the incident happened.

Sibusiso had a difficult upbringing and he is working hard to feed his family. He would like to go back to school and further his studies to become a Sports Scientist.

After hearing what one of their employees did, CEO of Shoprite Group Pieter Engelbrecht called in and offered to assist Sibusiso further his studies.

He says Sibusiso is the kind of employee the group loves to employ as he upholds the company's philosophy that customers come first.

To hear the rest of this conversation, listen below:


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