Fixing cars really easy for Imbali’s ‘Waga’

2017-05-16 14:01
‘I don’t see fixing cars as a job, for me it is more of a fun hobby I get paid to do,’ says Imbali mechanic Sibonelo ‘Waga’ Mlambo (22), who dreams of opening his own professional workshop soon.

‘I don’t see fixing cars as a job, for me it is more of a fun hobby I get paid to do,’ says Imbali mechanic Sibonelo ‘Waga’ Mlambo (22), who dreams of opening his own professional workshop soon. (Ian Carbutt)

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Well-known Imbali mechanic Sibonelo “Waga” Mlambo (22) has made a name for himself as the “go-to mechanic” with dreams of opening his own professional workshop soon.

Despite having only reached Grade 7 at school, Mlambo fixes people’s cars and also teaches youngsters to help keep them off the streets.

“School was not for me. I tried really hard, but I found it difficult and confusing so at the age of 12 I just stopped going to school.

“Instead of sitting at home and doing nothing I decide to hang out at a local mechanic’s workshop and that’s where I found my passion for fixing cars. At the age of 16 I already had people coming to my home, waking me up, and asking me to fix their cars. I don’t see fixing cars as a job, for me it is more of a fun hobby I get paid to do.

“I find fixing cars really easy and I enjoy it. People cannot all be the same, some are good with books, I am good with my hands. I love cars and have a deep understanding of them.

“Although I am still working from my mom’s yard, I have managed to earn a decent living and made a name for myself as a reliable and skilled mechanic. I have had customers with very fancy cars coming to me for help and some come from as far as Durban and surrounding areas.

“I also teach young boys from my community about fixing cars. It helps them have a skill they can use to make an income and it definitely keeps them off the streets. I may have not finished school, but I am making something out of my life. I encourage other youngsters who also left school for whatever reason to be willing to learn other skills they can use to make a living instead of resorting to crime.

“My plan is to retain my clients, build as many contacts as possible and save as much money as I can to open my own professional workshop.

“I also have plans to study further, but for now I am more focused on making a sustainable living to support my family,” said Mlambo.

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