Students take to entrepreneurship and are embraced by success Students take to entrepreneurship and are embraced by success
Two former students are on their way to the top as entrepreneurs. Tumelo Pholwane and Teboho Seliane are both very talented and in business.... Students take to entrepreneurship and are embraced by success

Two former students are on their way to the top as entrepreneurs. Tumelo Pholwane and Teboho Seliane are both very talented and in business. They are unstoppable. Teboho Seliane, also known as “Mr S”, obtained his fashion design qualification at Motheo TVET College in 2012.

He then went ahead and started his own design studio at Thaba’Nchu. He designs and sells clothing. Teboho said that he has always wanted to be an entrepreneur. His interest actually started while he was still in primary school. He was selling toy cars in the streets of Botshabelo, which he made from wire.

When he got to high school, Teboho planted vegetables and sold them. He even won an award from Vodacom for that business venture in 2008. Teboho says that Motheo TVET College contributed a lot to his success. He applauds their method of teaching. “Other people would say that Motheo’s method of teaching is slow, but I think it is excellent. You can come into the classroom not having any idea of how the sewing machine works, but in three months, you’ll be a pro”.

The advice he gives to upcoming fashion designers is to be focused at all times no matter the disappointments. “Find your identity and style when it comes to fashion designing and then you’ll be set”. He currently owns a design studio in Thaba’Nchu, but is planning on opening another in Bloemfontein. He intends taking-on a few students from the college who are studying fashion design N6. He wants to train them and then employ them in the planned Bloemfontein branch.

Then we have Ms Tumelo Pholwane. She graduated from Motheo TVET College in 2014. Tumelo studied business management at Thaba’Nchu campus and then took some short courses in cosmetology. She is now a “Triple Thread” business woman.

Be it fitness, massage or beauty and skin care, Tumelo has got you covered. This 22 year old said that she had always been passionate about being an entrepreneur. She started her first business at the age of 16, a poultry business to be precise. She maintains that she has always been business-minded. Especially since both her parents are.

Tumelo has been operating her business in Thaba’Nchu, but she intends on expanding to Botshabelo. She also plans on improvements by adding a steam room and a laser machine. She explained that she first wants to cater for the Thaba’Nchu market and then make her way to Botshabelo. The advice she gave to upcoming entrepreneurs is to work hard, be dedicated and most importantly, be willing to learn. “Don’t rely on passion alone. Go to school and grow your passion”.

Source: TVET College Times

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