South Africa.

A few years back.

I was working as a restaurant manager in Johannesburg. After sometime, and once I got to know the staff, I started observing some bizarre activity amongst the team. I saw them gather in groups actively discussing.  I decided to call one of them in order to find out what was going on. One of the guys (Bheki Nhalo Mdluli) came around and started explaining to me a concept the team invented, in order to help each other financially.

“We make a group of 26 people, each week 25 out of 26 will contribute a fixed % of their tips to the 26th person in the team. The process would rotate throughout the year for the full 52 weeks. This concept of giving, would then allow each one of the people in the group, twice a year, to accumulate a lump sum in order to be able to assist their family” he said.


I was amazed. We spend a lifetime trying to explain to people the importance of giving, solidarity and being kind to one another and this team of 26 had all these figured out through this simple concept. I felt inspired, being part of a self-centered world and doing nothing was simply not an option anymore.



“It is what difference we have made to the lives of others
that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

-Nelson Mandela