NTOBEKO Bhunguza has joined the list of small business owners operating in Komani busy Cathcart road by offering a rare shoe service to his clients. The 42 year old has recently started his own shoe polishing business to make a living and says the idea was inspired by his love for neatness “ What motivates me is that I can see that the business is part of encouraging people to look clean and neat. Times are tough, unemployment is high and I could not just sit at home and do nothing, I had to try something and I just thought of this idea and started it three weeks ago,”he said.
The former Luvuyo Lerumo pupil says his business has been growing since it started. “ It was a slow start but I am getting customers now almost every day. I decided to start this business because I realised that the is no one doing it in Komani. Boning shoes is something I started at school. I always was the boy with the neat shoes because I loved boning and making my shoes to shine.”
Bunguza believes the uniqueness in his business will be the driving factor towards success. “I grew up in Mlungisi, I have been here all my life so I know this place. Most People don’t have time for these small things, they are in a hurry and so that is where I come in to make sure I polish their shoes.”
He said more people needed to learn how to be self reliant to fight unemployment and poverty. “ I have been self employed for most of my life. I have never been permanently employed. I have taken a few casual jobs at different places like the municipality and and I have also done construction work but I realised that there are so many job seekers and its tight competition so I wanted something that would help me to also get money daily than to have to wait for the month end. The youth must get up and try to start something, you can do anything that you put you mind to. There are many ways to make a living in life. You can wash cars or do gardening services.” he said.