Tshepo Mahlangu and his partner Siyabonga Majola are entrepreneurs from Soshanguve Block L, Pretoria, who use their creativity in order to generate an income for themselves. The two partners do a lot as entreprenuers, but their main business is turning old items such as car tyres into chairs and wood into tables and chairs. They named their business Itireleng, indicating that their work is hand crafted and well planned, making art come alive.
“We started the project because of our love for art, we also want to involve unemployed youth when we start generating sufficient profit. There is a lot of talent out there, all we need to do is believe in ourselves.” Said Mahlangu. Their biggest dream for this project is for it to grow, they hope to one day open a big store where they can display their work outside of Soshanguve. This started off as an idea, because of passion and persistence, now it has turned into a business that puts food on the table.
“I always use colour that represents me and where I come from, I take pride in my culture and my history.” Said Mahlangu. Being a Ndebele man, his culture inspired his eye for art and how he combines the colours when painting. They say the support they get is amazing, having started the business with nothing but a vision, they never thought it could get to the level it is at. Tshepo and Siyabonga also wash shoes in order to make money on the side. #ladi_jaja?
Article By: Thuli Galane.