Job creation their aim

2016-08-17 06:00
FLORY MASEKO, (left) Kgabane Malehsetla and George Mokoaleli (owner of Big George Leather Works) repairing some shoes.  Photo: Tladi Moloi

FLORY MASEKO, (left) Kgabane Malehsetla and George Mokoaleli (owner of Big George Leather Works) repairing some shoes. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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FICKSBURG. – An emerging shoe factory in Ficksburg, owned by three young people, promises to create jobs for the community of Ficksburg, but the business just need a boost.

Big George Leather Works is the name of the company, which was started in 2005. It was formed by George Mokoaleli, who later engaged in a partnership with Thapelo Molebatsi and Matthew William.

They currently operate from a small container in Kestell Street, Ficksburg. Since the factory’s inception, it has created at least five permanent jobs for people in the area.

They specialise in designing different types of shoes and also in repairing them. The owners of the company have big dreams, but tells Express Eastern Free State that they need money.

Mokoaleli says they have designed many shoes, some of which were donated to learners in need at different schools around the area and nearby farms.

“We mainly work on orders and with the small number of machines we have, we have managed to generate between R7 000 and R10 000 per month. We are also proud to report that we have employed five people, who are working at the container on a daily basis,” Mokoaleli says.

He says their big challenge at the moment is to get money so that they can rent a big building in the area.

“We can make more money if we are assisted with machines and material. Actually, funding would be ideal. We have found a building and the owner is asking for R10 000 per month. We are not scared of that, because we know that we will make ten times more than that, should we secure it.

“We need at least R500 000 for a start. We are looking at employing about 40 people, should we get all the things we need.”

Mokoaleli has a rich history in shoe making.

He holds a qualification in leather working that he obtained from the Ithuseng Vocational Rehabilitation Centre in Maseru, Lesotho, in 2004.

He also worked at Lavita, a company that works with leather in KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

Before that, he worked at Millennium Leather Works in Maputsoe stet, Lesotho.

Anyone who is willing to help them can contact Mokoaleli on 073-067-0203 or Molebatsi on 063-187-2245.

We need at least R500 000 for a start. We are looking at employing about 40 people, should we get all the things we need.
– George Mokoaleli

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