Nthabi Lephoko has big plans for her textile designs, plans which extend beyond the borders of South Africa to the rest of the world.
She is the head designer and directors of her own company which specialises in leather design and manufacturing called Leratolethato which is based in the Mother City, Cape Town.
Briefly.co.za learned that her business was founded in 2011 while she was conducting a study on the use of animal skins and hides with the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) according to timeslive.co.za.
She said that the opportunities within the sector inspired her to take the leap and oepn her own company. She employs six people and has plans to expand in the future.
Leratolethato produces a number of products which include items such as card holders, clothing, wallets, handbags and leather belts.
Her operations also include furniture upholstery and cushions, couches and chairs.
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The Department of Trade and Industry has an initiative called the Production Incentives Programme (PIP) which works with the Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP) which has to date approved R4.9 billion to create employment within the sector.
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