Thokozani’s is a story of hope, sharing and upliftment. Through the “Thokozani Empowerment Initiatives”, Thokozani has dedicated itself not only to a sustainable and ethical BBBEE business, but has also vowed to involve its interests in the upliftment of individuals and community based developments.
Domingo Fuli, the Wood Carver
Meet Domingo Fuli, a charming and contagiously friendly man from Namibia. Domingo came to Diemersfontein Wine Estate in April this year, when he saw an opportunity present itself. Diemersfontein farm had – on the advice of agricultural authorities, decided to fell some of their much admired, and well-known icons – the bluegum trees. Though beautiful, these majestic trees are sadly not only alien to the country but also pose a dangerous threat to their surroundings, and tend to absorb a lot of water – which is of course far more needed in the vineyards. Domingo was like an artist in need of a canvas…
Thokozani Wines, on Diemersfontein has dedicated itself not only to a sustainable and ethical BBBEE business, but has also vowed to involve its interests in the upliftment of individuals and community based developments. So it came about that Thokozani Wines gave Domingo the opportunity he so thrived for – to exercise his artistic talents on the gigantic stumps of Bluegum wood. Skilled and extremely talented at what he does, Domingo creates the most beautiful sculptures from his raw wood materials. Eagles, Owls, angels, chairs etc. are some of the examples of what he’s creating here. Lost in his artwork, you will find him working perilously at a carving, until he finds the soul and life within it, to eventually call it complete.
Domingo has 4 children, and says that he intends to not only grow his business, but may even think of sharing his skills to the benefit of others. A true example of a dedicated and proud entrepreneur with a tremendous vision and an optimistic taste for success! If you would like to come and view his marvellous creations, or are interested in purchasing or ordering these works of art, you can contact Domingo at 076 268 3764. The name of his business is aptly called “Workshop under the Tree” Wood Carvings.
by Rene Reece