08 Dec 2017

I created employment for myself

I created employment for myself

 The 25-year-old Mpho Chris Sadiki has always known what he wants in life: to create employment for himself and some youths.
Just after completing a course in soft leather-work design at Capricorn FET College in Polokwane, he was employed by a lady who specialised in handbags and other related items. His job stint lasted for only two years, after which he stayed at home, unemployed.

“The first months just sitting at home and loitering in the streets of Shayandima were the hardest in my life,” he said. “I shared my vision of starting a business with my mother, who advised me to do a material quotation. After one full year of doing nothing, I bought the material with the money that my mother gave me and made my first bag in December 2016.”

Today, he uses nylon, genuine leather and faux leather to make his amazing bags, which come in an assortment of sizes and colours. He is currently working from his studio in Polokwane. “I love travelling and I hope that, during my travelling, I will be able to introduce my work to other provinces. The other thing that gives me hope and motivation is the responses from my clients, who keep sending me motivational messages. They comment on the quality and durability of my handbags.”

He plans to employ some youths in the near future as a way of helping beat the scourge of unemployment. “I like almost everything that I do with my hands, because my hands can surely do magic with any leather material,” he said.

He urges all youths to stand on their own feet and start working for themselves, instead of just complaining about a lack of jobs. “It is a fact that there’s a lack of jobs in the country, but let’s not just sit and wait for someone to employ us,” he said. “Let’s try to do good stuff by using our own hands. Everything is very possible if you set your goals and persist in pursuing them.”

Mpho can be reached on 079 988 2903

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06 Dec 2014

Bwasa Limpopo launches mentorship program

The Limpopo branch of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (Bwasa) reached one of its milestones on Friday evening with the launch of the 2017 Bwasa Mentorship Programme at a venue in the city.
Bwasa Limpopo Chairperson Mmabogoshi Msiza welcomed guests and explained the mentorship programme.
“We recognise that women juggle so many different roles and sometimes neglect their own personal and business development, hence we created portfolios to address those areas. We are going to invent something that works for us by making mentorship more organised and focused,” Msiza said.
According to Msiza, many successful women refuse to mentor other women for fear of creating competition for themselves.
“A smart woman is aware that having an ally who cares about her career will only increase her chances for success. Often times, when women are mentored by men, they don’t necessarily feel empowered. Some may feel intimidated, trivialised, or patronised. Women role models, on the other hand, can become a great inspiration to help other women set strategic goals. We can relate with other women’s stories and struggles on a deeper level,” Msiza reckoned.
“To improve the technical narrative for women, it’s imperative that we stick together regardless of race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. Be a leader. Put your ego aside and find another woman to mentor,” Msiza concluded.
Msiza, Mankolo Lethoko, Tumi Modise, Prudence Bosch, Annikie Malukuta, Inno Mpe, Grace Sibara, Granny Matsaung, Vulani Malumbete, Pat Dlamini and Martie Mphelo were introduced as the mentors that will take 19 mentees through the programme that will kick off in due course.
Interesting topics that include starting up a business, building a brand, capitalising on opportunities and finance and management skills will be covered. Marketing skills, business assertiveness, customer care and skills development will also form part of the programme content.
Tsakani Nkambule, a former chairperson of Bwasa Limpopo also addressed the guests and encouraged them to take up their rightful place in business and community activities.

Story and photo: BARRY VILJOEN
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