Called the “Pavement Bookworm”, he may look like a roadside panhandler, but this once homeless man is actually running a reading foundation that has now been recognized by South Africa’s president.

Philani Dladla credits his love of books, specifically motivational ones, with breaking his drug habit.

Now that he’s clean, he has dedicated his life to being of service to others.

Today, he can be found selling used books to passing motorists—but only after he’s read them first. That way, he can give passersby a book review and set the price accordingly; from a dollar for books he doesn’t like, to six dollars for real page-turners.


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