A man with a dream

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The property where Themba currently lives has a few cars in the yard, some of which still need to be fixed. People living in the area benefit from his handiwork, as they bring him their vehicles to fix up. As a tall old man who looks like he’s in his 60s (even though he’s not sure himself of his age), Themba is constantly thinking and working, whether in his house or with his tractor. Themba has plenty to keep himself busy!Ultimately, he plans to start his own business and create job opportunities in the area. When he was still working on a farm in Weenen, Themba found that working for others did not offer the freedom to be creative that he so desperately needed. A self-described artist of sorts, Themba says he just wants to build things and fix engines rather than growing a garden or painting. “Attitude is of paramount importance, so stop complaining about stuff and start focusing on solutions. That’s when we’ll start getting somewhere.” Wise words from a man who doesn’t let anything stand in his way! After years of moving around, Mr Themba Dubazane returned to Ntokozweni in Colenso to try to breathe a new culture into the area by starting his own mechanic business. He had one major problem though; he is illiterate.When he settled in Colenso a few years ago with his family, he dreamed of a better life for himself and his wife. Themba had a new outlook and lots of ideas, and his poor background didn’t stop him from going all-out to achieve his dreams.He wondered if he could build his own tractor from scratch.“I started wondering about machines and engines in the early 70s while I was still growing up on the farm,” explains Themba.“Growing up and working on a farm made me fall in love with tractors. That’s when I told myself I would build my own tractor one day,” he adds.last_img

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