Em­broi­dery has busi­ness sewn up

Mos­esane sup­plies schools as well as cor­po­rate cloth­ing

Sunday World - - Jobs - By Xo­lile Mt­s­hazo mt­s­ha­[email protected]­day­world.co.za

It all started small, with do­ing em­broi­dery and brand­ing of the uni­forms of the var­i­ous church unions at the Methodist Church branch in Tl­ha­bane West, Rusten­burg, in the North West.

Fast-for­ward seven years and Nthabiseng Mos­esane has grown her start-up Ar­eye Projects and Ser­vices to be­come one of the lead­ing school sports­wear and uni­form sup­pli­ers in the Rusten­burg area.

“I was spurred on by un­em­ploy­ment and job­less­ness. Ini­tially I worked as a sales per­son [wait­ress] at a num­ber of restau­rants and sold Tup­per­ware as an agent vis­it­ing clients us­ing pub­lic trans­port,” said Mos­esane as she re­lated her en­trepreneur­ship jour­ney.

“I got tired of be­ing an agent and work­ing for other peo­ple, that’s when I de­cided with my hus­band Boi­tumelo to pur­chase a truck with our sav­ings in or­der to en­ter the lo­gis­tics busi­ness, trans­port goods.”

As a staunch mem­ber of the Methodist Church, Mos­esane 34, a mother of two, found a busi­ness niche at her church and com­mu­nity when she was given the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign the church or­gan­i­sa­tions’ uni­form badges. Then the word spread to the schools for her to brand their uni­forms.

“I started with a small em­broi­dery ma­chine, I at­tended em­broi­dery train­ing classes the ma­chine sell­ers of­fered. That’s ba­si­cally how my em­broi­dery acu­men was en­hanced.”

Mos­esane has since done away with the lo­gis­tics busi­ness, sold the truck and is presently con­cen­trat­ing on uni­form brand­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing as she is also a sup­plier of cor­po­rate cloth­ing and per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment.

She is also a fi­nal­ist of the 2018 SAB Kick­Start Boost, a youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme aimed at cre­at­ing mean­ing­ful jobs by grow­ing sus­tain­able youth-owned busi­nesses.

“Two years ago I came across an ad­vert on so­cial me­dia call­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions from women’s small busi­nesses to ap­ply for train­ing in busi­ness management skills.

“I ap­plied and was ac­cepted. I made it to the top 50 and later top 21 last year. I must ad­mit that the train­ing in busi­ness finance and management helped me im­mensely. I can now bal­ance my books while still be­ing hands on in the dayto-day run­ning of the busi­ness.”

Mos­esane and Boi­tumelo have grown the busi­ness from their own pock­ets from 2011 to 2015.

“I got as­sis­tance from the NYDA [Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Fund], when they fi­nanced me with R50,000 three years ago. When­ever I get cap­i­tal I pur­chase a bet­ter and more ef­fi­cient em­broi­dery ma­chine,” says Mos­esane.

Ar­eye is also a job cre­ator, as it has a staff com­ple­ment of five full-time and five con­tract work­ers. The busi­ness spe­cialises in schools sports­wear such as golf shirts and track­suits which she man­u­fac­tures from scratch.

Next in the plan would be to re­lo­cate to much big­ger premises at a lo­cal in­dus­trial site and be­come a na­tional sup­plier of school, cor­po­rate uni­forms and per­sonal pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and equip­ment.

Owner of Ar­eye Projects and Ser­vices Nthabiseng Mos­esane.

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