Crafting his way to success

2017-05-02 06:00
Themba Shezi owner of Inkabi Leather Work.Photo: Supplied

Themba Shezi owner of Inkabi Leather Work.Photo: Supplied

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LEATHER work is Upper Highway’s Themba Shezi’s calling.

He has spent over a decade mastering the fine arts of crafting just about anything that can be made from leather. He produces a fairly wide range of work, including: shoulder-bags and belts, small leather goods, and shoes for both men and women. In the past, he has also reupholstered seat covers.

For this 47-year-old, life was far from easy. He had to work hard to make a name for himself in the industry and owes his success to diligence and determination.

Today Shezi is the proud owner of his own business, Inkabi Leather Work, in Madimeni — in the heart of Crestholme and has a small staff as well.

He has also passed down the trade to his daughter Londeka Ndlovu, and feels that if one has a talent they should make use of it.

“I am so proud when I see my finished product. I often think back to the days when I struggled to find work, but now my craft has enabled to be busy all year round,” he said.

However, Shezi said he is saddened by the sight of beggars in his community and wishes everyone could find their talent and earn a living.

He said he is also willing to teach people the trade if they are willing to learn.

“My philosophy is, when I have work to do, I do it, as laziness gets you nowhere in life. We need to work hard and make it in life. One cannot stand with an outstretched hand for handouts.”

He said: “If one wants to pursue leatherwork as a career they must first be dedicated to learning all that they can to perfect their skills.”

“They must constantly strive to improve their work, and to excel. They must also be willing to often work long hours for a return on their investment. Often, the satisfaction of having done a job well done is the greatest feeling ever. If people want to learn they are welcome to call me.”

For more information contact Themba Shezi or to learn the trade contact him on 073 242 4320 or 071 752 9264.



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