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South Africa-based fashion designer Thembani Mubochwa will today take his skills to the less privileged when he donates uniforms for pupils at Chikato Primary School in Masvingo.The fashion designer has dressed several celebrities in the South Africa through his label Teez-M Fashions. He was also one of the top designers at last year’s Zimbabwe Music Awards when he dressed presenters and nominees.

According to Mubochwa, there is a lot of joy in assisting others through talent and skill.

“We have 100 school uniforms and 45 choir sets for Chikato Government Primary School in Masvingo that we are going to handover on February 4 (today) at the school,” said Mubochwa.

“We are working with one of the teachers who travelled to Durban and told us of the plight of the children at the school and we are hoping corporates and the donor community can emulate our effort as this is just a drop in an ocean.

“We are going to be rolling out a lot more programmes that we unveil every term specifically for school children to ensure we make a difference.

“I am not a rich man but I know the little I can spare goes a long way in improving the life of the person next to me. It is that belief that we are nurturing with this donation.

“We have very little information about the school but what we know for now is that there are a lot of families struggling to send their children to school and we are happy to be assisting.

“In our engagements we also encourage that families afford their children equal opportunities and not discriminate on the basis of their sex. All my kids are girls and I cannot be happier. A girl child is just as able as a boy only if we give them equal support.”

Mubochwa has taken part at various programmes back home and hopes to be participating for the third consecutive year in the annual Zimbabwe Fashion Week.

He also has several projects being initiated in the country that include engaging retail shops that he believes are in dire need for a local touch on their shelves.

“I am also introducing Thembani Mubochwa the designer who will be responsible for the celebrities that need a certain degree of uniqueness,” he said.

“We do have brilliant designers in the country but they do not get the chance to showcase their worth. Film costumes are all taken from shops and no designers benefit from such ventures.

“But my goal is to make sure we culture our celebrities so that they know they do not need to go shopping for a special event or a red carpet outfit. Instead they should just engage a designer who takes care of their public image. That way it is difficult to go wrong.”

The humble designer has engaged radio and television personalities Timothy Hogo and Hazvinei Sakarombe as his brand ambassadors for this year.

Mubochwa was born in 1983 in Glen View where he grew up in a family of five.

At the age of 17 he was introduced to what was to be his career, fashion designing, and he has not looked back.

He moved to South Africa in 2004 in a quest to further his knowledge and exploits.

And indeed he has managed to touch and broaden the horizon and now caters for a significant number of red carpet outfits at several events in Durban.

Source : The Herald