By Johannes Hangula
“AFTER matriculating, my mother wanted me to further my studies as a mechanical engineer, but I was not feeling it because it was not my passion”. These were the words of Alois Greifeneder (22) the founder of a car body repair, spray painting and panel beating business called Calazero.
“During my elementary school I was always passionate about art, and I was even crowned as the best art student at my school, because I always wanted to create,” said Greifeneder.
After going against his mother’s will and he decided not to pursue engineering, his mother cut him off her budget. However this did not change Greifeneder’s passion. “I had a Toyota Hilux bakkie that she bought for me, to go with to school; luckily she did not take it away from me”.
Since he always wanted to modify his car and turn it into something unique, he started working on his car to transform it.
“When my car was done, people started admiring my work on the car, and they wanted me to work on their cars as well. That was the first time I started getting clients and getting paid for my work.’’
In 2015 he created Toy Boys Turning Car, a group that specialised on working on Toyota cars under the tree in his mother’s yard in Freedom Square in Katutura. “With Toy Boys Turning Car, I only worked on Toyota bakkies because these were the only cars I was comfortable.’’
He further added that, “My mother never trusted me nor had faith in me working on people’s cars, because she always had this fear that I would break them and she was of the idea that one can only be a car mechanic once he has gone to school for it. It was the first time in my family to have someone repairing cars so I was forced to go and work in the street’’.
Greifeneder’s first breakthrough came when he worked on a BMW was paid N$3 500 for it; and he expanded his work to sound system installations, exhaust system repair, lighting installations and general mechanics.
“I went on to do all of these works because clients asked me to and I was doing it very well, even though I did not really have a clue on some jobs I took… but it was because I believed that with creativity one can do anything in life”.
Greifeneder decided to rent a workshop in Northern Industrial Park for six months, “At the workshop, we started working from 08h00 am to 01h00 as clients would bring their cars at late hours and demand to get them in the morning next day. So due to this hard work we made a name for ourselves as clients were recommending us.”
Currently the team now owns two workshops, one for spray painting and panel beating and the other for fitment and accessories.
Greifeneder confirmed to Confidente that with the help of We Care Trust they are establishing an Automotive School.
“We have many young boys who are school dropouts and they love cars and they are always here to work with us. So we decided to come up with this school because we believe in these kids and we want to give them a second chance’’.
We Care Trust Chairperson Karen Woermann said the automotive school will be attended by those kids who did not make it in elementary school at the age of 12; as long as they know how to read and write.
“They will be learning spray painting and panel beating. They will be further studying to be mechanics and to be automotive electricians and anything that has to do with cars,’’ said Woermann.
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