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Mercedes Benz rewards newspaper vendor for controlling traffic amid load shedding in South Africa



A South African newspaper vendor, Bradley Matthews has been rewarded by car manufacturing giant, Mercedes Benz for his selfless act of traffic control amid the ongoing load shedding in South Africa.

Load Shedding in the Southern African nation, which escalated from bad to worse within a few days, saw different parts of the country taking turns to be in the dark for some hours.

The development prompted the suspension of every task that needs electricity to be conducted. Traffic lights, or “robots” are of no exemption, and when electricity shuts down motorists are usually trapped in a traffic jam.

Not willing to see motorists crash into each other due to unavailability of traffic lights, Bradley Matthews, who sells newspapers on Cnr. William Moffet Expressway & Circular Drive was captured on camera controlling traffic when the lights are not working.

To encourage and commend him for the selfless deed, Mercedes Benz then called on the young man and rewarded him with some cash.

In a photo which has gone viral on social media, Matthews is being presented with an envelop by a staff of Mercedes Benz.

He was said to have received R500 (N14,000) from the German luxury automobile brand for his efforts.

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