At 32, Zukisa (Zuks) Fono is no Bill Gates, but he is the owner of a very successful – and growing – business in Zwelihle. In 2009 he completed a sewing course at LearntoEarn, following it up with a course in Costing, Pricing and Pattern-making at CPUT.

Then he was ready to go into business. Zuks rented a space at LearntoEarn where he made bags, umbrellas and cushion covers. One day a client asked him if he could re-upholster two wingback chairs. With a staple gun, a pattern of the chair’s upholstery and a can-do attitude, Zuks refurbished them beautifully. Which is when his interest in upholstery and heavy-duty sewing began.

While attending a marketing course at the municipality in 2016, Zuks met a man from the Eastern Cape who was doing upholstery in Zwelihle. He showed Zuks a few tricks of the trade and the two men went into business together for a while before parting ways. After that, Zuks taught himself everything he still needed to know about upholstery. 

Zuks now has his own premises in Mandela Road, Zwelihle with one part-time and two full-time assistants. He offers services such as furniture repair, re-covering of umbrellas, upholstery, trampoline covering and more. His clients include Cattle Baron, Lemon Butta, the Overstrand Municipality and Lavender Manor. With his emphasis on efficiency and good quality service, Zuks is on the way up!

Zuks can be contacted on 063 379 5513 or at He also has a Facebook page: Zuks Upholstery & Heavy Duty Sewing. 

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