Ntshuntshe’s love for woodwork

2019-11-28 06:01
Carpenter Thabile Ntshuntshe is showing off some of his woodwork.                                                           PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Carpenter Thabile Ntshuntshe is showing off some of his woodwork. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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People cannot forever wait for government to do things for them, they must stand up and do things for themselves. These are the words of a young Khayelitsha carpenter.

Thabile Ntshuntshe, who is now a qualified woodwork artist, said he decided to turn his life around after working as a security guard for several years.

While working as a security guard in 2012, Ntshuntshe decided to enrol for a woodwork course at Learn to Earn, in Harare, to learn the basics. “After I finished my training I tried to look for a job, but I didn’t have any luck,” he said.

Ntshuntshe said he started working as a carpenter on a part-time basis while working as a security guard. In 2014 he worked as a gardener at St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children in Montana until 2017.

The father of two said he became focused and started plying his skill on woodwork early last year after he was retrenched from St Joseph. “Because I have a family to look after I had to make means to put food on the table. I started to put a lot of focus on my business and recruited more customers,” said Ntshuntshe. “It wasn’t easy but I persevered.”

Today he runs a carpentry operation from his house at Bukwayo Street, in Harare. Among other things, he creates bed bases, post boxes, cots, wardrobes, cupboards and wooden pot plants. “Woodwork is my job. I can do anything. A person can come with a design and I’ll do it,” he said.

Compared to the little he earned as a security guard, Ntshuntshe says things are looking very bright. His products range from R100 to R2 000. However, space to work remains his biggest challenge. “I don’t have enough space as I’m working from my garage. And that limits me in terms of production. I also keep my stuff here,” he said.

Ntshuntshe is calling on everyone not to just sit back and wait for things to happen or government to provide, but to make things happen for themselves.

Call him on 071 406 0075 for details.

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