Wilma de Bruin
3 minute read
20 Jul 2022
5:15 am

Cobblers is part of Northcliff’s history – and still goes strong after Covid

Wilma de Bruin

“Sure, ma’am! We can fix it, ma’am!” Whether you need new soles for a pair of well-worn boots, the replacement of a tog bag zip, hand-stitching to a leather pouf, even new taps for your child’s tap shoes – at the shoe repair shop, Cobblers, in Northcliff Junction, Johannesburg, you will invariably get the “can […]

Cobbler Rashida Hassam is seen in her store at Northcliff Junction, 19 July 2022. Hassam has been working as a cobbler in the area for 40 years. Picture: Michel Bega

"Sure, ma’am! We can fix it, ma’am!” Whether you need new soles for a pair of well-worn boots, the replacement of a tog bag zip, hand-stitching to a leather pouf, even new taps for your child’s tap shoes – at the shoe repair shop, Cobblers, in Northcliff Junction, Johannesburg, you will invariably get the “can do” answer to all your inquiries. The owner here is Rashida Hassam. Ably assisted by fellow cobbler Norman Teefu in the workshop, and husband Essop (better known as Jeff) – who, among other things, services sewing machines and cuts or replaces keys – this enterprising...