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The woman who builds race cars with her hands

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Johanna Goitsimang creates what’s going to be a motorbike. Picture: Rhodé Marshall
Johanna Goitsimang creates what’s going to be a motorbike. Picture: Rhodé Marshall

Building race cars sounds like something akin to rocket science, but 56-year-old Johanna Goitsimang says it’s one of the easiest things to learn.

Can’t say I agree, but as I watch her create what’s eventually going to be a motorbike, she describes her job as the best, having acquired numerous amazing skills to teach – just like her late mother, who passed these on to her.

Goitsimang, who works at Midvaal Raceway and specialises in fibreglass, says there weren’t opportunities to learn how to create things such as boats, cars and bikes after she left school. But she happened to get into the industry, that she now loves, by default.

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