Dispatcher breaks stereotypes

13 Sep,2017Profiles, WoFire News

Type 3 Dispatcher Makhosazana Nhlapo is using carpentry skills acquired in the programme to generate extra income.

She saved her monthly stipends to purchase tools to kick-start the project which she believes will uplift her.

During her time off, she builds wardrobes and installs doors for customers in her township of Ratanda in Heidelberg.

“People are surprised when they find me fitting doors and designing wardrobes. They think it must be done by men only. I am breaking these stereotypes,” says Nhlapo, who says it was difficult at first to start the project without the tools of the trade.

“Skills acquired in the programme are beginning to pay off. I am dedicated to succeed. People are willing to try my services,” she says.

“I love woodwork and that is why I am pursuing it. I am good with measurements and drilling,” says Nhlapo.

Her dream is to be running and growing the business on a full-time basis in the future.

She is working to improve her marketing capabilities and marketing of her services in the nearest townships.