ZJ Furniture Fittings & Hardware t/a ZJ Essential Hardware is located in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga. The store opened its doors in early 2017 with a staff complement of 3 women. The store is owned and managed by a young woman, Zolani Mthethwa under the guidance and help of her father, Mr Mxolisi Sibanyoni.


The store’s turnover grew from a humble R500 000 in the first year (2017/18) to a promising growth of about R3 757 181 in the 11 months of the third year (2019/20). The store was initially located at Checkout Centre occupying about 85m2 with no yard. It moved to larger premises in Joubert Street of about 150m2 with a yard of about 1400m2 in December 2018. The store currently stock limited products which affects its competitiveness in the market. It currently stock items of plumbing, electrical, paint and accessories, tools, furniture fittings, PPE and few carpentry items like doors and sanitary ware.

The phenomenal growth of the store could be attributed to the valuable assistance, guidance and mentorship offered by the Essential Group. The store joined the family of Essential Group in September 2017. The Group was very patient and helped us in the following crucial areas during their site visits: