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Flower seller all smiles after businessman do their bit for #Nelson Mandela Day

The break was well deserved for Ndlovu who has been selling flowers at the same spot for over 19 years.

Motorists travelling along Mostert Street could not help but notice that someone was noticeably absent from the street on Thursday morning. Benedict Ndlovu, who is a flower seller and permanent fixture on the street, was reclining comfortably in a camp chair.

There were two new faces on the street who were busy peddling their wares. Lowveld Media regional manager, Buks Esterhuizen and Emnotweni Casino director and complex general manager, Adam MacIntyre, had taken Ndlovu’s place.

Benedict “Smiley” Ndlovu taking a break with his favourite newspaper.

As the pair handed out the flowers, Ndlovu, or “Smiley” as he is affectionately known, enjoyed a hot meal. The break was well deserved for Ndlovu who has been selling flowers at the same spot for over 19 years.

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He said, “It feels great that they are giving me the chance to take a break while they are selling flowers. The food is wonderful and I feel honoured to be recognised in this way.”

Esterhuizen and MacIntyre chose Ndlovu who has gained fame for his broad smile, to commemorate former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy. This has turned into an annual celebration for South Africans who dedicate 67 minutes of their time to a worthy cause in the service of others.

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Adam MacIntyre, Benedict Ndlovu and Buks Esterhuizen.

“Selling flowers here is sometime arduous and the days are long, but today they have shown me that people do notice and are willing to help. “I am grateful that they decided to help me on this Mandela Day.”

It does not end there for Smiley. Esterhuizen and MacIntyre have teamed up to help with his eyesight problem which will certainly go a long way towards keeping the smile on his face.

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