Mazikhali Leather Craft

Tenjiwe tells the story of how a radio advert changed his life fourteen years ago when he decided to quit his job as a machine operator to open up a leather craft business. The advert was for a course in leather crafting and stated that anyone who was interested could join. This prompted him to take action and with the help of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture in buying the tools and leather he started up his own business.

Today he runs workshops for HIV/AIDS support groups and unemployed members of the community to teach them the skill of leather crafting. The business specialises in making leather products like bags, sandals, belts, key holders etc. He still operates the business from home but has plans to occupy an unused factory in future and so expand his business and help eradicate poverty in South Africa.

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