Youth in Plumbing: Mpatso Banda

At 18, Mpatso Banda is the youngest trainee at The Plumbing Academy. He decided to don blue overalls and get under people’s sinks at an early age, as his father built the house in which he grew up and did all of the work himself, and he helped his father.  It was then that he realised that he loved working with his hands. “I fell in love with plumbing,” he says.


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Youth in Plumbing: Seun Makhubeli

The promise of being well paid is the reason nineteen-year-old Seun Makhubeli decided on  plumbing as his vocation. He also says he also chose the trade because of the huge demand for it. 


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Youth in Plumbing: Shailock Mhangani

He says he grew up in the trade his mother has been a plumber for the past 24 years. She works in the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. “When I was young, I used to help her on weekends. Now, she is thinking of starting her own business.”

Mhangani likes the challenge the trade presents and he also likes that fact that he can help South Africa to deal with its serious water shortages, by helping to repair leaks. “There are so many leaks to be fixed in the townships, he says. “It is far better to fix leaks that to have to buy water, as it is becoming expensive. “

His advice to other young people wanting to enter the trade is that they need to train properly before they start. “You need to know what type of pipe goes below ground and which one goes above ground.”

Youth in Plumbing: Comfort Matshohe

 “I joined the trade so that when clients work with me, they have no regrets.”

He says he likes the challenge of plumbing and he finds it interesting to work with different people. Matshohe is passionate about the trade and says there’s nothing he doesn’t like about it. “I don’t like working with cold water in winter!” he laughs.

What advice does he have for others wanting to enter the trade? “They must have a passion for the trade and they need to be ambitious! They should not rush their jobs. If you love your job, all else will follow.“


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Young people in plumbing


To commemorate Youth Week, we will profile one young plumber each day.

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Sherwyn Norton: plumbing solution-provider

Sherwyn Norton, owner of SKN Plumbing Solutions in Durban, has a creative eye and loves the industry he serves.

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Sherwyn Norton, owner of SKN Plumbing Solutions in Durban, has a creative eye and loves the industry he serves.

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