Join us on the 26th February 2019 as we probe the heart and mind of Theo Baloyi, Founder of Bathu Shoes (Pty) Ltd.
Born and bred in Pretoria, Theo is an accountant by profession, having worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for 5 years (2 years in South Africa & 3 years in the Middle East, Dubai & Saudi Arabia respectively).
Theo worked in Asset management , Strategy & Financial management during the time spent at PwC.
In April 2015, with savings accumulated over the 5 year period spent at PwC, Theo Baloyi launched Bathu Shoes from a tiny room in Alexandra township, with the primary objective to tell an untold, proudly South African story/narrative to the world through selling uniquely designed shoes. Theo identified a gap for a shoe brand that would narrate authentic African stories . Prior to launching, Theo worked on the Research & Development , Quality control & Assurance , Proof of concept for Bathu Shoes for 18 months!
The word "Bathu" is a proudly South African slang word, commonly used in South African Townships in reference to any type of shoe. The word is derived from TsotsiTaal (an unofficial language which is a combination of afrikaans & african languages) The word Bathu has existed since the days of Sophiatown, Sharpeviile & Soweto prior 1994, and it is still commonly used in most South African townships today.
Bathu shoes are locally manufactured in Durban , with some of the components imported from Lesotho & the East .Bathu Shoes' long term vision is to have presence in Europe and South America , telling its' story in these parts of the world and be recognised and identified globally as a leading African shoe brand!
Get to know the man who's breathable,colourful shoes are getting every South Africa walking their own journey!
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