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“Dedication and hard work are the reasons for my success” – Leon Mouton of LM Steel Builders

“Dedication and hard work are the reasons for my success” – Leon Mouton of LM Steel Builders

“Always approach everything you do with the utmost dedication and perfection. Even though times may be tough, it is important to make positive decisions,” said entrepreneur Leon Mouton, owner of LM Steel Builders.

Leon started his career at his brother’s company as a driver, but grabbed the opportunity with both hands when he was offered on-the-job training as a mild-steel welder. Soon he started with minor jobs doing burglar bars, braai stands and steel doors.

Leon says he started LM Steel Builders with only a grinder and a small welding machine. In the beginning it was very tough but today he employs eight artisans and his workshop is stocked with advanced equipment like a milling machine, a press brake, a guillotine and a plasma cutter.

“During this time of running my own business I also taught myself Auto CAD and other design programmes so that I can do designs for clients myself and help them in their journey to create the perfect look and solution that they desire,” he explained.

For the young generation he has sound advice. “I have spent many hours learning things from scratch but the dedication paid off and am now able to offer a full-service, something which I could only dream of when I started.”

“If you persevere and stay focused, you really are able to achieve more than you ever expected, as well as being able to provide for yourself, your family and create employment opportunities for others,” he added.

“Our success depends on the assignments we do. I do not stop until my good becomes better and my better becomes the best.”

Leon has delivered work at the house of former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, The Grove Mall and various estates in and around Windhoek. LM Steel Builders specialises in full-scale plasma cutting, stainless steel welding, aluminum welding and any conceivable type of mild steel welding.

About The Author

Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.