Shaleen Surtie-Richards (Photo: Supplied)
Cape Town - Recently, Shaleen Surtie-Richards, known for her powerful roles in film and on TV as well as being an active humanitarian, experienced what it was like to be on the receiving end of an act of kindness after she was robbed.
While she was driving through Johannesburg, she had her chain, which carried a Krugerrand and her parents' wedding rings - even more sentimental pieces of jewellery, pulled roughly from her neck.
After hearing about the robbery, Arno Egen, owner of Mr Kruger - a gold bullion and numismatic specialist and made-to-order jewellery manufacturer - reached out to Shaleen by offering to replace what was taken from her at no cost. "We know what a humanitarian Shaleen is and wanted to offer her some comfort. This was the best way we knew how," says Arno.
After an initial meeting between Arno and Shaleen to discuss the design and manufacturing of her new jewellery they will meet again on Wednesday 8 June, at Mr Kruger's store in Pretoria, where Shaleen will be presented with a Krugerrand to replace the one stolen, a personalised pendant that Shaleen designed with Mr Kruger's illustrator and a personalised ring that symbolises the combined wedding rings of her parents.
Shaleen also designed this piece together with Mr Kruger's illustrator, this will be the jewellery piece that Arno is most proud to present to Shaleen.