Currently I am the General Manager for National Braiding, which is based at Loskop in the Drakensberg area. This is a very remote region and we provide employment for +/-100 local community members. The only other manufacturer here is Bata Footwear behind us, so employment opportunities in the industrial sector are not abundant.
I grew up in Howick, so the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is in my blood. My career path took me to Johannesburg for a while, but I returned to KwaZulu-Natal in 2001 and joined the SA Bias Group in Estcourt in 2003. SA Bias is an international organisation with operations in South Africa, Europe and Australia. Our head office is based in Cape Town.
Being firmly entrenched in this rural community for many years takes our role beyond just braiding.