POLOKWANE – Modiba Motapa is a proud welder who hones her craft every day and has a strong determination to succeed.
Motapa recently shared her story of how she became a welder on social media and said she used the money she saved from working as a teacher’s assistant at Phunyako High School to start her business. At the age of 21, she now owns her own welding and carpentry business called Divine Project in Greenside.
Motapa manufactures tables, chairs, gates, braai stands, sinks, burglar resistant doors and steel window frames. She decided to share her story of how she started her business on social media in an effort to showcase her welding and business skills.
“Initially, I wanted to become a climatologist, but then I decided to enroll in a boilermaking course after researching the most sought-after trades. I realized that by becoming a Boilermaker, I can use the skills I learned in the course I took at Lephalale TVET College and make a name for myself.
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She started her business in 2020 in her garden after working as a teacher’s aide for six months.
“Both my parents were independent when I grew up and that set a good example for me.”
Despite the challenges and stereotypes she faces, such as being judged for being such a young woman working in a male-dominated industry, as well as marketing the business, Motapa says it’s truly rewarding to be able to do what she does. she likes every day.
“I work from Monday to Thursday and on Friday I make all my deliveries. My working hours and days are flexible and I always deliver what the client needs on time.
Motapa added that she hopes to earn enough money to be able to hire people to work at Divine Project.
“My advice to anyone wanting to start a business is to go for the win and remember that just by starting you’ve done half the job.”