East London Success Stories

Loyiso Fuzile

Since I’ve been in the Repair Progarmme at TCB, a lot of things have changed in my life. Before TCB, I had no confidence and couldn’t imagine doing all the things that I can do now.

In the beginning I was afraid of working with electricity but now know how to work with electricity safely. I know how to find faults and troubleshoot broken appliances and can fully repair them.

TCB has taught me how to manage my businesses finances and also provides business and life coaching – giving me a holistic approach on how to run my business.

Nkululeko Silimela (Lwazi)   

When I started at TCB, I felt like this was what I had been missing since 2015. 

Back then I had no idea how to take ownership of my income or be my own boss. I was scared of the challenge but when I got here, I realised that I am greater than my fears. I was also afraid of how to manage my monthly payments but now I can understand and manage everything myself.

Yes, running your own business is difficult and comes with challenges but when I do something, I want to do it well. Thanks to TCB, I know I can do it.

Salathiso Zongo   

Before TCB, my life was stuck and I was doing odd jobs. We had a lot of problems in our family, which we were not talking about. Coming to TCB has helped me learn new ways to engage in family matters and develop a strong mind.

Managing my own business is not easy, but things are looking good. Selling appliances is a good opportunity for me. Thanks to the coaching classes at TCB, life is very positive, spiritually, which is the most important part for me. My mind is uplifted and I have a new perspective on life.

TCB has changed my life. I have a better future.

Thank you TCB East London for making it possible for me to provide for my children

Thank you East London

The Repair programme in East London was launched in February 2023. Without a consistent supply of stock from local retailers we’ve reached out to local residents to donate their second hand or broken appliances.

Thank you East London! Please keep supporting this cause and donating your items. You are changing lives! 

Current drop-off points: BUCO Arcadia, Crossways Spar, CVD Framers, Lilyfontein School, Nahoon Spar, Rama’s, Selbourne College, Sculptures, Spargs, TCB East London and Vincent Spar.

For more information about drop-off points and how you can support our programme, please contact the East London Branch Manager, Estelle Cox (EstelleCox@tcb.org.za).

Bradley Freeman

Bradley Freeman, a TCB Repair Graduate, overcame drug addiction and is now self-employed, running an appliance repair and sales business. He has eradicated poverty from his life and is financially and socially independent. Most importantly, he has dignity. Now, he is paying it forward.

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Helen Makasi

41, Cape Town “My designs are inspired by South African diversity.” Helen Makasi lives in Eerste River with her 16 year old daughter and 8

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Sikelelwa Sandor

35, East London Sikelelwa Sandor, was born into a family of five in Port Elizabeth. At 35 years old and with three children, Sikelelwa struggled

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Koena Mabitsela

35, Tembisa “The biggest thing I learned was how to change my mindset.” Koena Mabitsela, a father of two boys, is a successful entrepreneur who

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