A local artisan is encouraging residents to put their skills to good use and create their own opportunities.Having worked in the mechanical industry for many years, Mogamat Faried Guyan found himself imprisoned for a murder charge and on his release he found it difficult to find substantial employment. Having a criminal record could have slowed him down, but instead he started using his skills in welding to create his own business. “I had the knowledge and even became an instructor in prison,” says Guyan.He started a workshop fixing and making metal goods from his backyard in Tafelsig and was recently commissioned to create eight metal double bunks for Margret’s House, a Lansdowne-based place of safety for boys. Centre manager Melany Harris says they have 17 boys in their care. “We had wooden beds previously and that was not working for us,” she says.They needed to be repaired and replaced, and following the donation from international funder Swiss Re, the home could commission the construction of solid steel beds from Guyan, who they met through former board chair and ward 79 councillor, Solomon Philander. He says there is a lot of talent in Mitchell’s Plain and that people are making opportunities for themselves. Harris visited Guyan and said she was very happy with the result. Guyan installed the beds at the home on Thursday 12 December.