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Amidst the roar of engines, a heart-rendering story emerged this past weekend.
When local businessman, Gawie Gouws, popped into his business, Knysna Armature Winders on Saturday morning, he noticed a great deal of hustle and bustle at Pennypinchers.
On closer inspection, he realised that it was Build Day for the Knysna Speed Festival Soap Box Derby.
Gouws, being a multiple South African Formula Vee champion, immediately wanted to offer his assistance in any way possible.
On finding the event’s organiser, Anton Heymann, he was introduced to four boys from Thembelitsha Primary School, who, according to their teacher, Mpi Guga, had taken it upon themselves to enter the Soap Box Derby even though they didn’t have a soap box or a kit.
Guga says that the minute Gouws met the children, he told Guga, “I’ll adopt them.”
The pure joy of building and decorating the kit and decorating their soap box was very evident on the faces of the eager children, Feni Thembinkosi, Dyosini Siyabonga, Xhanti Athenkosi and Mpemba Abongile.
The proud soap box has since become known as the mayoral vehicle, as the youngsters ‘registered’ it with a painted ‘CX 1′ on the car’s front.
Source: The Knysna-Plett Herald