The Making of Heroes

  • 03 April 2018
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“What makes this more significant is that we are in a very volatile situation politically, where nothing is certain, yet the unbridled joy and real friendship between these two boys is a beacon of hope that can make a difference. Senwes is not about making money, we care about how we treat our customers and clients, and above all we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of the communities where we do business. We have connected these two events - the rescue efforts of the boys and Seun’s entrepreneurship share a vision of the difference that we want to make in people’s lives.”

The incidents that Francois refers to played out on the morning of January 4th this year, when the Shosholoza Meyl train collided with a truck near Geneva station between Hennenman and Kroonstad at about 09:00. 

Twenty one people lost their lives and more than 250 people were injured. However, out of this tragedy two platteland heroes emerged. Two 12-year old boys, without thinking, raced to the scene and began helping victims from the wreckage which had caught fire. 

Evert du Preez and Mokoni Chaka have been life-long friends, growing up on the farm of Evert’s father, Willie, in the Free State. Their bond is genuine and palpable and is exemplified by the fact that both boys are fluent in each other’s mother tongues. The heroic act of these two bosom buddies lead to the storyboard of Senwes’ new TV commercial.

 “I saw a reporter interview the two boys, and watched his mouth drop in awe as the boys communicated fluently in Tswana, while their body language conveyed a genuine friendship. During the same time period I learned about the plight of Seun Diphoko, a former farmworker in the same area, who lost his job due to injury. Seun showed an enormous ‘can do’ attitude and began building wire-cars. He has since grown his business to new heights after exposure on FB and donations from people wanting to help. It made sense to connect these two events which reflect mankind’s indomitable spirit to do good and overcome obstacles, despite the current political climate in the country.”

“I challenge anyone to watch the commercial and not be moved,” says Francois.

The new Senwes TV commercial was filmed less than a kilometre from the train wreck. The advertisement will flight on kykNET, starting in April, but could be scheduled on other platforms as well. Tune in to the Senwes online platforms for more information.

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