Covering books as a ‘business’

2019-01-17 06:00
Seipati Lehata (21) covers books as a business. PHOTO: velani ludidi

Seipati Lehata (21) covers books as a business. PHOTO: velani ludidi

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Covering books can be a nightmare if you cannot do it right. For working parents, there is simply not enough time to perform this laborious task.

A 21-year-old from Greenfields, Lwandle has come to the rescue of those who cannot cover their books.

Seipati Lehata has started a business covering books to make money before she commences her third year of education studies.

“The idea was born in high school, but was never implemented,” she recounts. “This is because I was worried about the reaction of the people close to me if I said I wanted to cover books for money.”

Lehata said her friends always admired her skill and she was quick when covering books. “I should have started this business earlier so people can know me because the demand is now higher,” she says. “Some even ask where I was when they needed me.”

Lehata uses social media to advertise her business, which has worked well in attracting customers as far afield as Kuils River.

Her mother, Rorisanga Lehata, says she is very proud of her daughter, who not only has a business but also works part-time at a well-known supermarket.

“When she told me about the idea I felt proud, and said ‘go for it, my child’. Seipati is a very helpful child around the house and she was working during the December holidays, saving money.”

Lehata says people thought she was joking when she presented the idea, but her mother was very supportive.

She says one of her main challenges now is that the demand for her services is higher, which means more sleepless nights for her.

The entrepreneur advises others never to let what others think of them be a barrier to them realising their dreams.

“I’ve received more support from strangers than the people I know,” she says. “Ignore what people say and remember that business is not about making money but also solving problems.”

Lehata’s seasonal business will close at the end of February and reopen next January.

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