‘Dr Sofa’ has a fix for furniture

2015-07-01 06:05
MEN AT WORK: Letlhomilwe Motlhanke (left) and Seabata Monokoane repairing a broken sofa.  
Sidwell Guduka

MEN AT WORK: Letlhomilwe Motlhanke (left) and Seabata Monokoane repairing a broken sofa. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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BEING your own boss is the best!

And since 2013, a Free State upholsterer has been doing great.

Letlhomilwe Motlhanke – better known as the “Dr of Sofas” – lives in the Ipopeng Location near Bloemfontein and repairs the damaged covers of sofas, car seats, motorbike seats and many more.

This ambitious 28-year-old man also re-upholsters chairs and couches, as well as leather car seats.

Residents no longer worry about their broken couches X they know there is a man around the corner who is able to repair and renew old sofas.

“I began doing this job a few years ago, working for Bakwena Upholstery in Rocklands.

“The company gave me the opportunity to learn new skills such as upholstery and furniture repair. I am really very grateful for that,” Motlhanke told Express.

“After I had gained a lot of experience, I decided to start my own business and purchased the necessary tools for this in 2013.

“The reason I decided to establish my own business was purely because I wanted to be my own boss.

“The thing is, when you work for somebody, you have a job, but when you work for yourself, you have a chance to employ other people.”

Motlhanke is proud to employ Seabata Monokoane (27) and he plans to create more jobs for people in his area in the future.

“I live by the saying, ‘teaching a man to fish, feeds him for a lifetime’.

“I have just hired this man from the neighbourhood, Seabata, as my assistant. He is a hard worker and he learns new skills fast. I am very happy to work with him.

“I wish the Free State government would help small businesses like mine. I know the government has a fleet of vehicles. If they use our services and give us tenders to repair damaged car seats, as well as the office furniture of hospitals, schools and other institutions, we could create more jobs for the local people.”

Motlhanke said people used to throw away their damaged furniture and buy new ones in the past, but he had changed all that.

“Residents are not doing that anymore. If they have damaged couches or any kind of furniture, they bring it to me to fix it for them.

“I charge them a good price for the repairs and I make it as good as new. People trust my work – they don’t call me the Dr of Sofas for nothing.”

Monokoane had nothing but praise for his boss and he said he did not regret working for him.

“I am glad to work with this man. He took me away from the streets.

“He is indeed a good man and he treats me like I’m his own brother,” said Monokoane.

“I am learning many new skills from him. I can now fix anything.

“I am proud to have this job. With my job, I enjoy life like any working person.”

) If you need Motlhanke’s services, call him on 071-063-8471

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