Staying at home the whole day doing nothing wasted our time. Vusi Tshabalala (39) from Harrismith who started a business with Siphesihle (23), Njabulo Radebe (23), Bafana Miya (39) from Begville said the time wasted cannot be replaced. In an exclusive interview with Dumelang News, Tshabalala said they specialize in decoration pots, animals and birds made of clay.
He said they're from different towns in the local municipality of Maluti A Phofung and they met with one idea which is making money. "We met at Sterkfontein dam and decided to work together to put bread on a table," said Tshabalala. He said most of their clients are tourists from outside the country. "We sell our products to tourists who visit a dam with their friends or families. At least R500 is an amount of money we generate every day, " he added.
Tshabalala further mentioned that a serious challenge they are facing is that they don't have a shelter for selling and storing their products. "It becomes a serious problem when it's raining because our products are damaged," he said. He also pointed out that they request a good samaritan to build them a shelter where they can store their products.
"We spend a lot of money we generate every day through the hikes as there's nowhere we can sleep nearby the dam," he said. Bafana Miya told The People's Paper that their goal is to start an Arts school so as to help upcoming artists to excel in arts and fight against loss of jobs. He revealed that ever since they start selling their products at the dam, they have rescued many tourists. "Some guys are taking advantage of robbing tourists their belongings such as cell phones, money and cars. As we are getting money from tourists, we also have to protect them from being the victims of attacks " said Miya.