HE DOESN’T have much but he found a way to put food on the table.
Madala Amos Chaola used his bicycle to deliver parcels and get around as a kasi handyman.
However, heartless thugs stole his bicycle on Monday 5 July and he was left struggling to make ends meet. The 67-year-old from Skirlek section in Bekkersdal, west of Joburg said he was in the bath when the bicycle was taken by nyaope boys.
“I have been serving my customers on this bicycle for many years and it disappeared just like that.”
Amos said he conducted his own investigations and found out it was sold to a scrapyard.
However, he didn’t know which one.
“I’m afraid it has been chopped up, wherever it is,” he said.
Amos said he visited several scrapyards but he was not able to find the bicycle. He opened a case of theft at Bekkersdal Police Station and Sergeant Linkie Lefakane confirmed they were investigating.
Madala said he had the mountain bike for five years and bought it for R900 at a pawn shop in Westonaria.
He used it to transport his tools and to deliver groceries to madalas and gogos. Luckily, his toolbox was not taken.
“Something told me not to load my toolbox. If I had, it would have been gone. Toolboxes cost a lot these days,” he said.
Madala’s main source of income is doing handyman jobs around his kasi.
He fixes broken doors, leaking doors and installs locks.
“When I was still fit, I carried the toolbox on my shoulders but as I got older, it became harder,” he said.
“I have nine kids and grandkids. We survive on the money I make from my handyman jobs.”
Madala is said to be charging different prices which are reasonable, depending on the job at the time.
Gogo Elsie Nkoana (60) said she used to hire madala to fix her broken doors.
“I have grandkids and all the time they hang on the doors, resulting in the lock falling off.
“He charges reasonable prices from R50 and if the job is bigger and you don’t have the rest, he can always come back later for the balance,” she said.
Another happy customer Sello Molontoa (58) said he usually sends him to shops to buy a few grocery items.
“You find I need a 2kg sugar and if he’s going that direction, he’s happy to help and he doesn’t need to be rewarded, as we are neighbours.”
— Daily Sun