- Zulu Zulu owns Think Gutters, which is based in Soweto
- It manufactures rainwater gutters and installs them
- It employs 12 people and gives back to the community
A township entrepreneur has transformed his expertise in creating designs from metal sheets into a fully fledged business.
42-year-old Zulu Zulu is the owner of Think Gutters, which manufactures rainwater gutters and installs them across Gauteng.
The business is based in Orlando East in Soweto, Briefly.co.za learned. It also specialises in roof leaks sealing, water proofing and spray painting.
Through his business, Zulu employs 12 people. Speaking to Sunday World, he said he learned the trade from his previous employer, Hydro Doors and Gates. He explained:
While working there I did garage doors, gate motors and roof leaks fixing on a part-time basis as my side job over the weekends to earn extra cash.
After four years, he had saved enough to buy his own gutter-making machines. He resigned and started his own business.
Although he failed to secure funding from institutions such as National Youth Development Agency and the Department of Trade and Industry, he was determined to succeed.
Zulu now plans to venture into the retail market by supplying building materials to stockists such as Builders Warehouse and Cash Build.
In the meantime, he's giving back to the community through sponsorships of football tournaments.
In addition, he's working with local councillors to transform the Zithatheni Primary School in Orlando East into a skills development centre for the youth.
The school is in a state of disrepair. Zulu said:
Our youngsters are into drugs and other illicit activities. They are idle. Some have become vagrants, we need to remedy the situation soon and I'm prepared to play my part in uplifting the community that has supported my business.
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