Kutlwano is a CapeTalk listener who was approached outside a supermarket last week by a man we typically encounter on a regular basis - he appeared to be like a typical beggar and so she quickly dismissed him and went towards her car.
She then noticed a young boy playing nearby and her motherly instincts kicked in and so she asked him where his mother was. It was at that moment that the "beggar" told her their sad story of how he became homeless and unemployed.
We invited Kutlwano and the beggar, whose name is Melvin, into our studio to tell us their story.
Kutlwano, Kieno and Melvin
Melvin says he was married but decided to leave his wife due to her excessive drinking, as he did not want his son to grow up in a dysfunctional household. He had moved in with his parents but his mother passed away and his father re-married, selling the house in the process. The company that Melvin was employed by was liquidated, and this left him both unemployed and homeless.
He says he would like to continue his studies towards an N2 in electrical engineering, but does not have the funds. He also has a Code 10 drivers licence which has expired and requires renewal. In the meantime, he takes to begging so that he can have enough money so that he and his son can sleep in a shelter for the homeless.
As a result of sharing this story, we have been inundated by callers offering to assist Melvin to complete his studies, as well as finding him employment and creating a fund so that his son can attend a school.
One week later Kieno rang Kutlwano back to see how things were going for Melvin and his son, Nathaniel.
From homeless and jobless, Melvin is now employed and rented a home for themselves in Athlone. Take a listen.