Ballito teen moved to make a difference

Tiaan Engelbrecht, Dingaani Ndlazi, Lyn Engelbrecht, (back) Vera Seller and Melanie Stievenart - who helped in raising the money - with the new sewing machine donated to Dingaani.

After reading about a struggling local businessman, a Curro Mt Richmore student set out to make a difference to his life.

17-year-old Tiaan Engelbrecht said that after learning local upholsterer Dingaani Ndlazi’s story from The Courier, he was moved to do something to help the Chaka’s Head businessman.

“I though to myself here is a guy that wants to work, who is not begging or stealing but trying his best to earn a living in very difficult circumstances,” said Engelbrecht.

He spoke to his mother, Lyn, about the possibility of getting a new sewing machine and donating it to Ndlazi.

“At first I was doubtful,” she said. “Sewing machines can cost a pretty penny.”

Luckily she found one going for R1500 and, after explaining what she wanted it for, managed to get the seller to drop their price to R1000. With the help of Melanie Stievenart and other locals, she sent out a request on a neighbourhood chat group.

The Engelbrechts were amazed at the response and quickly raised more than the required amount.

The sewing machine was bought and delivered to Ndlazi on Wednesday last week, along with the remainder of the money for him to buy materials.

“I am so, so happy – this will make my job a lot easier,” said Ndlazi in front of the corrugated, oneroomed building he runs his business from.

Ndlazi has already upholstered lounge suits, vehicle chairs and more for several people in Ballito, all of whom were full of praise for his work.

If you would like to support this local entrepreneur, take Ballito Drive over the highway, pass Umhlali Country Club on the left and – after crossing the small bridge – look out for Ndlazi’s small white shack with his name and number in large letters.

After all, as Tiaan told The Courier: “A man’s job is his legacy.”

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