ShapeShifter

Lebohang Khitsane makes cutting edge tombstones (fancy a QR code on yours?)

The way they made you feel; that’s the kind of farewell you should give them.

Lebohang Khitsane, Bataung Memorial Tombstones

My mom passed away when I was 6. I was terrified! I would never go past cemeteries. Look at me now!

Lebohang Khitsane, Bataung Memorial Tombstones

It’s all about pride. We take pride in taking care of our dead… Take care of your ancestors…

Lebohang Khitsane, Bataung Memorial Tombstones

Lebohang Khitsane is the CEO of Bataung Memorial Tombstones.

Khitsane’s company is famed for its unique offerings at the very cutting edge of tombstone design and innovation.

Fancy incorporating a QR code into yours?

Perhaps you’d like braille?

Khitsane has created tombstones for the likes of Vuyo Mbuli, John “Shoes” Moshoeu and, most recently, for TV legend Joe Mafela.

The company makes and erects personalised tombstones for clients as far afield as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Khitsane for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

I create a tombstone that represents the deceased.

Lebohang Khitsane, Bataung Memorial Tombstones

I started my first business at 18. I lost everything when I was 23… Money and women don’t mix.

Lebohang Khitsane, Bataung Memorial Tombstones

I can sell ice to an Eskimo!

Lebohang Khitsane, Bataung Memorial Tombstones

Wherever I go I go to the cemetery.

Lebohang Khitsane, Bataung Memorial Tombstones

It’s high volume and labour intensive.

Lebohang Khitsane, Bataung Memorial Tombstones

I’m like a conductor of an orchestra. I put all the best guys in and then produce music.

Lebohang Khitsane, Bataung Memorial Tombstones

About 25% of my business comes from outside of South Africa.

Lebohang Khitsane, Bataung Memorial Tombstones

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