Community development delayed?

Kopano Dibakwane

Some people use their God-given talents to enrich themselves, but Sindy Segage from Graskop, believes strongly in sharing her skills to empower the entire community.

Segage started using a sewing machine in 1992 to help shorten people’s trousers and fix waists. She became popular in her home village of Rooibok – Bushbuckridge.

Some fellow residents encouraged Segage to consider turning her hobby into a fully-fledged business.

She moved to Graskop in 2006 to establish a shop called Sindy’s Curtains. Her creative curtains became recognised by local residents of Graskop. Her business took a slight knock after the rent was increased. She could no longer afford it and she decided to vacate the rented space in town.

Segage is currently trying to establish a formal entity to teach Graskop youth another way to survive. She believes that young people can use alternative methods to make a living, while pursuing their dream careers.

“I’m looking for space to work because I’m currently working from home. I have spoken to some people from the municipality to help me, but nothing is happening. I want to start a project so that I can teach local residents the skill to make a living for their families. Many young people in our town are unemployed, but they have a lot of time in their hands to learn new skills, I have quilt, upholstery and domestic machines lying around without any use.” said Segage

She currently works according to orders but she’s unable to take more due to limited space. Her clients have an option to buy the material and state what they are looking for, in this case she only charges for labour.

“ I do aprons of all sorts, curtains (for all rooms), bedding, comforters, pillow cases; coffin covers, picnic basket cover, toilet seats, decorations for weddings or functions of all sorts. I also do upholstery. Some of my work was done for Spar Graskop, I covered the cashier seats. I thank everyone who has encouraged me to continue,” she said.

Segage can be contacted on 0714314385/0748474542 for more information.

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