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Transforming ghettos into homes

2021-10-13  Paheja Siririka

Transforming ghettos into homes
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Simeon Shishiveni (25) has embarked on a solo project of transforming ghettos into lovely modern homes, a project he started this year.

The Soweto-based full-time nurse always had a passion for construction and renovation.

“I wanted something cheap and I didn’t want to rent because I am staying at my parents’ house. I decided to try precast but they were costly, so I opted to do a ghetto and work with hard boards all over,” he told Youth Corner.

Shishiveni accessorises the interior with LED lights for more pleasing aesthetics, and mounts the television without allowing the cables to be seen, as it doesn’t look nice.

He decided to tap into the video-sharing social networking service - Tik Tok to promote his business and ideas, and the views on his Tik Tok have reached more than 30 000 after recent work done on a client’s home. 

Shishiveni said he wasn’t expecting so many views on his Tik Tok, especially considering that he had 1 000 followers, but that drastically grew to 30 000 when he started posting transformations from his joinery projects.

“I am a registered nurse; it’s a bit difficult attending to all clients but I am in the process of registering a company and then sort out the ones in Windhoek and then expand,” detailed Shishiveni, adding that most of the clients are in the northern parts of the country.

 “From the onset, I have always wanted to be a construction worker; I don’t know how I ended up being a nurse. I adapted, and here we are now,” said the multi-faceted Shishiveni, who is also a part-time photographer. -

2021-10-13  Paheja Siririka

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