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I stumbled on cellphone repairs, says Alex man

ALEXANDRA -– Sadiki is a self-taught technician who never went to school to learn but he’s mastering it.

What started off as a casual tweaking of an elderly woman’s problematic cellphone speaker has blossomed into a fully-fledged cellphone repair business.

Founded by Alex born Amos Mashudu Sadiki, Mashudu Cellphone Repairs is at Pan Africa Square next to Freedom Supermarket.

Sadiki used to work on the street but has moved into a shop as part of an empowerment project by Citynet Properties.

Citynet’s Nick Obel owns a number of properties in Wynberg around Pan Africa, one of those properties being the building that houses Freedom Supermarket and Pep. Obel took Sadiki under his wing as part of the empowerment project.

In an interview with Alex News, Sadiki said he used to sell hats and other items under an umbrella in the late 1990s and early 2000s when he bumped into an elderly woman who asked him to fix a broken speaker of her cellphone.

“I opened the phone and just took a match stick and tweaked the speaker around into position. I gave it back to her and she was so chuffed and paid me handsomely.

“This triggered my instinct to start a cellphone repair business and since then, I have never looked back. Since I moved into the shop early in January, business is booming not just for repairs but for phone accessories as well which I sell at my shop,” Sadiki (39) told Alex News.

He increased his knowledge of cellphones by reading up on them as ‘I knew nothing about cellphones before the speaker incident’.

“I am a self-taught technician, I never went to school to learn this but I am mastering it.”

Sadiki said he would like to grow the company and establish a training centre where he can teach the youth about software and hardware issues. Sadiki is married with three children and has since moved from Alex to Bedfordview.’


Dream finally comes true for Alex man

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