Community Empowerment

Thembisa Youngsters Enrol In Furniture Production Programme

The City and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development and Furniture Technology Centre Trust (Furntech) have collaborated to provide business incubation and skills development services to assist in job and wealth creation in the furniture and wood products sector for unemployed youth.

Papa and Refiloe Mokulubete as well as Dimpho and Thanduxolo Maqhashalala from SM3 Trading and Projects are beneficiaries of this 15-week training programme.

The quartet from Thembisa did extensive training in wood machining and upholstery in this NQF Level 2 SAQA accredited qualification.

“SM3 Trading and Projects been in the business of manufacturing and installing high quality furniture for households and commercial use since 2015.  We are currently based in Riversand Business Hub in Fourways and pride ourselves on providing the quality furniture.

“The training we received from Furntech has helped in sharpening our skill in manufacturing of furniture and running our business efficiently,” said Papa Mokulubete, Operations Manager for SM3 Trading and Projects.

“Although we specialise in kitchen work, SM3 does a lot more than just kitchens. We are experienced in fitting out shops and restaurants, building and installing built-in cupboards, manufacturing furniture in the form of bedside pedestals, wardrobes, and TV stands, as well as a range of services from project management to cutting and edging. We are a full-service design, manufacture, and installation company, with customer satisfaction at the core,” said Mokulubete.

The Furntech Business Incubation and Skills Development Programme started in 2019 aimed at providing assistance to young entrepreneurs in Gauteng, particularly those interested in acquiring skills in furniture manufacturing and upholstery. The Gauteng Department of Economic Development and Furntech are the custodian of the programme and training is provided to interested candidates on an annual basis. For more information go to