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Motlomelo builds a car in 29 days

Motlomelo's newly built car called Tlome Thabure

Feb. 26, 2021 2 min read

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WITH just a Standard Seven Certificate to his name, Maseru businessman Motlomelo Motlomelo took just 29 days to build a new car, known as “Tlome Thabure”.

Tlome Thabure is Motlomelo’s first but not the last of his manufactures as he plans to continue building more vehicles going forward.

With his first baby, Motlomelo, who is also the owner of Tlome Auto Style worked together with his labourer and 29 days were enough to build this ‘beast’, which has been largely appreciated by many people countrywide.

He also worked with two auto electricians to help wire the vehicle.

According to Toyota, the process of making a car can be roughly divided into stamping, welding, painting, assembly and inspections, which takes about 17-18 hours in total. It varies according to the number of cars made by a factory.

“When we consider that each car is made up of about 30 000 parts, each of which takes time to produce, the time it takes to build a car is quite long,” Toyota stated.

Motlomelo’s car was launched last week Friday at the Makoanyane Airstrip.

The all-terrain car is fitted with a DOHC VTEC engine, non-conventional chassis with a Sand Master Removable top body style.

It has a front suspension of 32mm steel round tube, ABS breaking system, power steering as well as combined springs and shock system among other things, with a body weight of 1040 kg and is 3 600mm long.

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“As soon as this car is registered with all relevant authorities, we will continue with other projects. It should no longer be a big deal to manufacture vehicles in this country. We are on a mission and will definitely make sure that we achieve these goals,” Motlomelo’s representative Palesa Motlomelo said in an interview with Metro on Wednesday.

She said going forward, the owner plans to establish a vocational school which will cater for students who could not qualify for tertiary education but have clear innovative minds to excel.

“His desire is to bring along other brains similar to his in order to combine skills and knowledge that would be necessary in taking this country forward. So he will continue to build more cars as well as working towards establishing a vocational school, we hope the Ministry of Education and Training will come to our aid to ensure that the vocational and technical school is well accredited,” Ms Motlomelo also noted.


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