- A South African businessman has made a touching gesture of buying his housekeeper of 30 years a house
- The house is the housekeeper's first ever home
- The man described the moment his housekeeper received keys to her home as one of the greatest in his career
A businessman in Port Elizabeth, South Africa has made and memorable and touching gesture of buying his housekeeper of 30 years a house.
The businessman, Ian Olivier, is a veteran real estate agent in the Port Elizabeth area affiliated with the real estate firm Pam Golding. His housekeeper, Nancy Witbooi, had been living in a house adjacent to his home.
When he decided to sell his home, he felt he had to show appreciation for his long-term housekeeper, Nancy, and decided to buy her a house of her own.
Linda de Langer, the agent who facilitated the sale, described how the touching gesture: “In all my years of real estate, this is the first time I’ve been mandated to find a property as a gift for another party."
Ian said the moment Nancy received the keys to her first ever house was one of the highlights of his long career in real estate management. He paid R110 000 (N2.3m) for the property.
Nancy is happy with her new house as it is close to her family and is spacious enough for her to live with her granddaughters. It also has an open-plan living area and kitchen, bathroom, upstairs bedroom and a lock-up garage.
Ian has been commended for his thoughtful and kind gesture, with some terming it as an encouraging sign that people really care about their workers welfare.
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