From hardware sales to pipes and fittings

Judas Makomela first worked as a salesperson at Builders Express, taking the longer route to discovering the satisfaction of working with his hands.


This young plumber works seven days a week and says that nothing will stand in his way of getting all the way to the top of his game.

As a young boy living in the countryside, Judas Makomela says he dreamed of doing something great with his life. Later on, he worked as a sales consultant at Builders Express N1 City in Goodwood, Cape Town.

His journey towards becoming a plumber started when he got a learnership from the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. Makomela says that after he completed his learnership, he had the opportunity to do an apprenticeship at Capricorn FET College, which ran for six months and was funded by the SETA.

He enjoyed the course immensely as he is passionate about plumbing — there isn’t any aspect of plumbing that he doesn’t like. “People say all kinds of things about plumbing and that it’s dirty work, but can you imagine a world without it?”

Makomela says that meeting IOPSA’s Nick Joubert in 2014 was a turning point for him. Joubert provided mentorship and gave Makomela the opportunity to work alongside him. In 2014, he landed an apprenticeship with M2 Engineering Academy where he still works as a facilitator. He also does part-time plumbing work on weekends.

How has he realised his dreams? With everything you do in life you have to set goals and then you have to achieve them, he says. “Everyone who works with me says that I am a go-getter and very motivated. That’s what makes the difference.”

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