Local lad goes flat out on prints

2018-05-03 06:01
Nkululeko Moeti took the plunge and opened his own printing business Kamo Effects. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Nkululeko Moeti took the plunge and opened his own printing business Kamo Effects. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A design entrepreneur who left his job for a printing business in Montana says his gamble is finally paying off.

Nkululeko Moeti, 43, left his sales manager post at a big retail company to start Kamo Effects three years ago and since then his business is one of the few local who print textiles, paper bags and other material.

Operating from his home in Friesland Crescent, Moeti works alone, servicing churches, schools and local clothing brands and even printing paper bags as well as packaging boxes for corporate clients.

“I was initially exposed to the printing business when I visited a cousin in Pretoria a couple of years ago.

I was really impressed as I had already been in the entertainment business, so I started off by starting my own label printing T-shirts,” he said.

His boasts customers such as Gugulethu clothing makers T Square as well as Somerset based engineering company Stone Three Mining Solutions.

Nkululeko says despite it being a risky move to quit his job, he was confident that his business was going to prosper, even at the conception stage.

“In business, there are no guarantees, but I had seen it work with others who took the plunge and I decided that I’m going to persist.

I started by going to churches, schools and crèches, where I told them about my services and spoke to individuals as well.

Slowly clients started trickling in and then later, I started using social media to get my name out there and the business picked up,” he said.

He said that initially, his biggest challenge was the high price of equipment which dictates hire prices which also leads to another problem.

“I used my pension payout to by the second hand machines which are also expensive. I also use original textile paints which you don’t always get in other printing outlets. So as a result my price is a bit higher but the quality is better.

So that becomes quite a challenge to convince the customers but its slowly getting there,” he explained.

He said his main goal for business is to branch out and eventually have a national footprint.

“The goal for now is to grow the customer base and improve to become a one stop printing solution business. Later, to have presence in other provinces,” he added.

Moeti is not a newbie in entrepreneurship as he is also a DJ and also offers sound hiring to event organisers.

You can contact Moeti on his Facebook fan page Kamo Effects.

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