Meet: Shimi Molefe who runs a local printing biz in Orlando West Killarney

Shimi Molefe printing a shirt.

Shimi Molefa is proud and confident about his year-old business of printing that was started last year August in Orlando West Killarney.

Molefe said he is a fitness trainer and used to do Aerobics before he started his business last year but because he saw how people struggled to get their shirts printed in the location as a group.

“That’s where I saw an opportunity to start up my own printing company but it was not easy because I did not have a machine to print with.

Shimi Molefe.

“I started taking orders from different people and printing in other people’s printing shops which it was costing me.

“I noticed that I had enough customers to start up my own business,” said Molefa.

Molefa then decided to partner with Liz Khaliso and they managed to raise money to buy their own printing machine.

Molefa explained that it is difficult to promote and advertise his business because it is expensive and their business Is still new.

Molefe’s t-shirt sample.

According to Molefa, it is difficult to convince bigger companies to make use of their services because they are not known in the printing industry.

“I wish big businesses would give us a chance to prove and show them our capabilities,” explained Molefa.

He said business takes time to grow and it can be compared to a new born baby that needs patience and persistence.

“People’s businesses fail because they are not patient, sometimes business can be good or bad,” he said.

Molefe’s slippers, pillow and glass sample.

Molefa urged local business man and women to attend business expos and seminars so that they can be equipped with knowledge and skills on how to grow their companies.

“Locals must support black owned business so that we can be able to create employment opportunities.

“I currently have three people from this community working for me,” said Molefa.

A sign

Molefe’s work in school bags, containers, and mugs.

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