Talisman Hire celebrates 15 years of serving the community

They decided that after receiving incredible support from the community, it was time to give back.

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Siyabonga Nxumalo, Ronisha Malander and Kutlwano Nkuna on their school’s new kick bikes.

Johann van Schalkwyk grew up in retail. His parents owned a pharmacy in Secunda but he never thought that he’d own his own business.
After school he went to study and after finishing his studies, he worked at an IT company for five years. One night, standing around the fire with his father and a friend of his, he opened up and told them that he was not too sure that he could continue with his job and that he realised that he struggled working for someone else. His father’s friend suggested Talisman. No idea what his father’s friend was talking about, his senses were tickled and he wanted to know more. They explained to him that Talisman was a tool hire company with prices to suit the customer’s pocket.
Johann was impressed and a year later, in May 2004 Talisman Secunda became a reality. Now, on 15 May, they celebrated their 15th birthday – an unreal feeling for them and they are still as humble as the first day they started. They decided that after receiving incredible support from the community, it was time to give back. For two years they had a donations tin at their tills. The total collected in these tins amounted to a whopping R10 000!
With all this money they had to make a decision on which cause to donate to and what to donate. They decided to give to the youth. The team found that stationery was extremely expensive and decided that they would choose one school to donate to.
The children of Chellas Rainbow Kids, in Evander, were the chosen ones. All the kids competed in a colouring competition. They had to draw their town and colour the three new mascots of Talisman: Tess, Thabo and Thys. WOW, did they do an amazing job at colouring! The team had a difficult job to choose the three winners, but decided that first place would go to Ronisha Malander, second place was Kutlwano Nkuna and third went to Siyabonga Nxumalo. The school also received a plastic table and chairs, hula hoops and kick bikes. When these three winners saw those kick bikes the Talisman shop turned into a racetrack!
Congratulations to Johann and his team at Talisman! May there be another 15 successful years and more ahead of you!
– Ané Prinsloo

The three winners looking at their own and their classmates drawings that were submitted in the Talisman colouring competition.

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