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CELEBRITY hairstylist and entrepreneur Knox Teintein is determined not to allow any obstacle to stand in his way to empower young South Africans.
And this includes the burglary at one of his hair salons at the weekend.
Thieves hit one of his upmarket hair salons, walking away with equipment worth thousands of rands. This has only left him more determined to succeed.
The Braamfontein hair salon is one of four that Teintein owns. The others are in Newtown, Melville and Pretoria.
Knox Revolution hair salons specialise in Afro-centric hairstyles, particularly dreadlocks. His salons are frequented by celebrities . Among the people who have had their hair done at Teintein's salons are Malaika singer Tshedi Mholo, poet and singer Ntsiki Mazwai, Muvhango actors and many others .
"The burglars stole hairdryers, chairs and a sound system. They chose to hit at month-end when we are busy. This is really bad. I can only speculate as to who must have done this. Could it be business rivals who wanted to disrupt operations?
"I am giving the police all the leads that might help them to crack the case," said the stylist.
Teintein's salons give business opportunities to young people who are interested in making hairdressing a career. The salons have so far trained more than 100 young people, according to the brochure,Bikonscious.
The salons centre on Steve Biko's black pride philosophy.
"The aim is to empower our people, particularly from poor backgrounds. This we will achieve no matter what, considering that I started with one salon and now there are four. If you are South African and you are interested in pursuing a career in dreadlocks, you have no competition because dreadlocks have a strong relation to our values, culture and tradition" he said.
Teintein revealed that his competitors have recently been trying to poach his staff with promises of money, as they try to compete unfairly with his salons. But this will not deter him because he says his business principle is based on ubuntu and not capitalism.