PICS | Thinking out the boot - DJ turns his car into mobile barber shop to earn a living during lockdown

Mario Miller converted his VW Golf into a mobile barber shop.
Mario Miller converted his VW Golf into a mobile barber shop.
Supplied
  • Cape Town DJ Mario Miller lost gigs when lockdown was imposed.
  • He decided to convert the boot of his VW Polo into a mobile barber shop.
  • His plans included adding an entertainment station and possibly an assistant.

A Cape Town DJ who has been without an income during the lockdown spun his fortunes around by converting his car into a mobile barber shop.

Mario Miller, 32, and his friend were Gqom music DJs and producers who had about 10 gigs lined up before Level 5 lockdown was imposed.

"I took a hard knock. I wanted to do something different and looked at my car and boot, thinking I could put a shelf with dividers in," he told News24.

FEEL GOOD | 8-year-old boy raises R12 000 to keep Durban's bird park afloat

He converted his VW Polo TSI and posted adverts on social media for people looking for haircuts in Belhar.

He charges around R60 a cut and drives to different parts of Belhar, Parow and Elsies River.

It's only been a few weeks but Miller has gone from around six haircuts a day to between 10 and 20 a day.

"I am actually thinking about getting another barber to help cut. Someone who can drive with me if there are a few people in one place."

Mario Miller cuts hair out of his boot (supplied b
Mario Miller cuts hair out of his boot.

Miller cuts hair outside, using a mirror propped on top of his shelf. He also wears a mask.

"I don't enter your home. If it's a rainy day, I pull into your garage. I have got my own power to get my clippers running. Basically, I can cut anywhere."

Music is still his passion and clients sometimes asked him to play them some good tunes.

"Now I have got a new battery because I couldn't cut hair and play music at the same time.

"I am busy putting in a TV screen so people can watch, look at music videos or play X-Box."

Miller says he hoped to inspire others to do the same or find innovative ways to make a living. 

Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, they are hugely overpaid.
44% - 3233 votes
No, shareholders already have a say in what they get paid.
30% - 2181 votes
The focus should be on what workers get paid - SA's minimum wage should be lifted.
26% - 1867 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
17.63
(-1.81)
ZAR/GBP
23.21
(-2.15)
ZAR/EUR
20.88
(-1.56)
ZAR/AUD
12.66
(-1.55)
ZAR/JPY
0.17
(-1.92)
Gold
2049.50
(+0.68)
Silver
27.85
(+3.79)
Platinum
963.00
(-0.08)
Brent Crude
45.33
(+1.67)
Palladium
2184.01
(+0.91)
All Share
57926.67
(+0.52)
Top 40
53614.84
(+0.63)
Financial 15
9864.35
(-0.65)
Industrial 25
76621.56
(+0.60)
Resource 10
60453.71
(+1.11)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo