Firefighter has big hopes for his business
Firefighter Zamile Dlamini from Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal, recently started his own tuck shop business in his community. Dlamini, who was recruited to Working on Fire in April 2013, saved for months before he had enough capital to open his business at the end of September last year.
“There are some obstacles I face, as I have no one to assist me in running the tuck shop during the day when I am at work. Due to this, the tuck shop is not making the maximum profit as I have to close during the day,” says Dlamini.
Dlamini wanted to share with other firefighters how he managed to start his own small business. “It takes discipline and perseverance, and opportunities will open one. This year I hope to grow my business and one day help people by creating jobs,” says Dlamini.
“I encourage others to utilise their stipends wisely. I’m a big believer in the saying ‘the early bird catches the worm’, because the earlier you start the better your chances of success,” Dlamini says