During the pandemic, Ziah F., a Grade 11 student from Kewtown, Athlone, started a small barbershop business called "Fresher than Before". Ziah initially joined a hairdressing project run by Intercoiffure at Christel House SA where he acquired his hair cutting skills. Well known Cape Town barber, Craig Kok, mentored Ziah and showed him what it takes to be a barber.
Ziah started offering free haircuts but as his skill improved and once he was able to purchase equipment, he started charging for haircuts. Some of his clients includes teachers and students at Christel House SA as well as members of the community. “I have a strong passion for entrepreneurship and my greatest goal is to create more employment in my area. I hope to expand my small business throughout Cape Town and as an aspiring businessman, one of my dreams is to make a positive impact in the community and give back,” says Ziah.
Ziah is also extremely popular on social media where he shares his work. He has raked in over 45k likes on Tiktok.