Money raised can hopefully buy a new home for Lusindiso and his family. Image via Yes and Yes

Funny placards inspire good Samaritan to crowdfund for a jobless dad

Like thousands of South Africans, warehouse packer and father of three, Lusindiso Malgas lost his job due the COVID-19 pandemic.


Money raised can hopefully buy a new home for Lusindiso and his family. Image via Yes and Yes

Without an education and owing to a lack of resources, Lusindiso found a way to spread joy, as well as support his family, by drawing up funny placards to entertain passers by in Blouberg.

Relying on his sense of humour has always helped him through tough times.

Making placards that make people laugh

“When I lost my job, I wondered what I was going to do. How am I going to survive? All I know is how to make people laugh and how to talk to people. I had no choice but to work and put food on the table,” says Lusindiso.

With his warm personality on display, Lusindiso, caught the attention of a good samaritan and business consultant, Brendan Cottle (35), who launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy to help him get back on his feet.

The BackaBuddy campaign

Funds raised will help Lusindiso realise his dream of becoming a homeowner so that he can be reunited with his children who are currently living with his parents, until he is unable to provide for them.

“Seeing Lusindiso’s smile brightened up my morning commute and I know the same can be said for many others. I am a very optimistic and positive person and when I saw Lu’s smile and happiness to do what he was doing, it made me think about his and the situation of others, especially during the country lockdown. I hope with this campaign, Lusindiso’s story can reach more people and that his positivity can circle the globe,” says Brendan.

The campaign went live on 22 July 2020 and has a fundraising goal of R250,000.

“I would like to thank the Capetonians, as well as people across the country and overseas who have helped me and understood my situation. Those are the good people. I don’t know how I survived. But I did. God is great!”

Watch Lusindiso’s video appeal

Supporting the placard-holding Lusindiso

To make a donation to support Lusindiso’s crowdfunding campaign, please click here.

Alternatively you can make a donation via Snapscan.

Donations to Lusindiso’s crowdfunding campaign will be transferred directly to relevant suppliers, at his request, to ensure that funds are used for their intended purpose. 

With additional funds, Brendon hopes to help Lusindiso launch a T-shirt business to help him support his family going forward.

Keep up with Lusindiso by following his Instagram page, which has already gained over 3,700 followers.