The Soshanguve carpenter likes to come up with unique ideas for furniture
Thapelo Bodiba’s company specializes in furniture made only from wooden pallets, including sofas, TV cabinets, shelves, coffee tables, garden benches, cabinets, kitchen furniture and shoe racks.
Thapelo Bodiba makes furniture. Image: Supplied/Vutivi.
Author: Tebogo Mokwena
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When Thapelo Bodiba was growing up, he dreamed of being in the army. But after applying several times without success, he finally turned to carpentry. Bodiba, who founded MP Furnitures in Soshanguve, Tshwane, last year, told Vutivi News he is delighted to get down to work every day.
His company specializes in furniture made only from wooden pallets, including sofas, TV cabinets, bookshelves, coffee tables, garden benches, cabinets, kitchen units and shoe racks. “When I started the business, I had long since given up on the idea of being in the military and was working in the restaurant business,” Bodiba said.
“The business was supposed to be a side hustle, but the demand for my furniture grew so much that I couldn’t work and run my business anymore, so I finally quit my job and focused on my business.” Bodiba has manufactured furniture for clients in areas of Gauteng including Soshanguve, Mabopane, Mamelodi, Hammanskraal, Centurion, Menlyn and Attridgeville, as well as Polokwane and Rustenburg.
Bodiba said he loves the creativity of his craft. “I also enjoy being able to create my own unique creations, which challenges me on a regular basis. I always aim to perfect my craft and with each successful job, I strive to be better than the previous project,” he said.
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