From classroom to garage: The reasons behind a teacher’s unexpected career change to tyre mending


For a quarter of a century, Mr Danny Sibanda has been immersed in the world of motor vehicle tyres as the owner of Danny Tyres Enterprise. Handling hundreds of cars each day for tyre-related services such as repairs, pressure checks, and wheel alignment, Mr Sibanda has established himself as a trusted figure in the industry.

His journey began in 1998 when he gained experience working for a local company, and in 2005, he took the leap and started his own business with just one assistant.

Over the years, Mr. Sibanda has honed his skills through training in tyre fitting, wheel alignment, wheel balancing, and tyre repairs. After seven years with the company, he decided to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams and build his own empire. Although he briefly ventured into teaching and underwent training in teacher education, his passion for tire services drew him back, and he returned to tyre repairs full-time.

“I desired to be employed, that’s why I took up a teaching job and left someone to manage my business. But I realised that being employed has its limitations and I couldn’t call the shots and spread my wings as I used to. My business was also being affected as I was no longer hands-on. I resigned from the teaching job and went back to running my business. As a businessperson, it’s important to be hands-on in order to ensure that clients get good treatment and excellent services. I now have eight workers and I always emphasise to my employees that good service is key to the growth of the business which will in turn benefit them too,” he said.

Mr Sibanda said he desires to grow his clientele, adding that the tyre business has grown over the years with the increase of vehicles in the mining town and vehicles in transit. Despite having many players in his line of business, Mr Sibanda has managed to maintain his clientele by ensuring that his clients get the best business.

“Just like any business, there is a lot of competition and the number of service providers keeps increasing. I remember when I started working for the company where I got my training, there were no other places that were offering tyre fixing services. This is partly what motivated me to start my business as I realised that there was a gap. Now there are many players who are in this business both in the Central Business District and high density areas. This means that as a service provider, I have to maintain a high standard, do my work to the utmost best and ensure that my clients are satisfied. I always emphasise to my workers that they must offer the best service to our customers,” he said.

After 25 years of hard work and dedication, Mr Sibanda continues to be a tyre expert committed to providing top-notch service to his customers. With his focus on quality, passion for the industry, and desire to create employment opportunities, he remains a driving force in the tyre business.

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