2015.02.03【英译中】Meet the former egg seller who made millions by shining shoes1

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Meet the former egg seller who made millions by shining shoes

来认识一下这位原来卖鸡蛋、后来靠擦鞋子赚大钱的人

By Alex Court, for CNN

STORY HIGHLIGHTS文章亮点

·                                 Lere Mgayiya spent five years working for South Africa Airways

·                                 Lere Mgayiya花了5年的时间在南非航空工作。

·                                 He worked with livestock on his family's business

·                                 他打理自己的家畜家族生意

·                                 Winning the Sandlam Money Game on TV led to a quick cash injection

·                                 Sandlam的电视金钱游戏让他快速赢得一笔现金。

·                                 Now, his shoeshining business has 45 staff and turnover of more than 2.5 million rand

·                                 如今他的擦鞋公司已经有45名员工,营业额多达两百五十万兰特(南非币)


Every week, African Start-Up follows entrepreneurs in various countries across the continent to see how they are working to make their business dreams become reality.

每一周,African Start-Up 追踪非洲大陆不同国家的企业家,持续观察他们如何通过工作去实现他们的企业梦。


(CNN) -- Suede slip-ons, elegant high-heels or lace-up brogues -- whatever shoes you wear in an important business meeting you want to look your shiny best.

绒面革单鞋、优雅的高跟鞋或是细带厚底皮鞋——在一次重要的工作会议,不管你穿什么鞋子,你都想让自己看起来完美得光彩照人。


Some people apply polish with a brush and others choose a cloth, while those coming from afar often leave the task to the capable hands of craftsmen who can make travel-worn footwear look like brand new.

有些人会用刷子擦鞋,有些人会用布擦鞋,而那些长途跋涉的旅客会把这样的任务交托给工匠师傅,他们的巧手能把旅途磨损的鞋子擦得像新的一样。


If someone has shined your shoes in a South African airport, it's probably thanks to Lere Mgayiya.

在南非机场,如果有人的皮鞋亮瞎了你的眼/把你的鞋子擦得闪闪发亮(这句比较得体一点),很可能就是Lere Mgayiya的功劳了。

"We're the biggest shoe-shine company inAfrica," he explains without sounding arrogant. "

“我们是非洲最大的擦鞋公司”他颇为骄傲  谦虚地说到。


In Johannesburgwe shine about 350 pairs of shoes a day, and about 120 pairs in Cape Townand another 120 in Durban." In total, Lere's Shoe Shine business has 45 employees across the three major airports, and the boss is now eyeing partnerships in America and UK, as well as expansion across Africa.

在约翰内斯堡,我们每天擦大约350双鞋子,开普敦约120双,杜尔班120双。Lere的擦鞋公司有45个员工,遍布3大机场。他现在还在物色美国和英国的合伙人,也有意想将业务扩充到整个非洲。


On this particularly day, Mgayiya, 40, is wearing Clarks-- black slip-ons. With annual revenue nearing 2.5 million rand ($227,000), his demeanor resembles his feet -- comfortable.

在这个特别的日子 ,40岁的Mgayiya先生穿着Clarks的绒面革皮鞋。 人 年收入接近两百五十万兰特(227,000美金),他的认真让双脚 他的鞋如其人——让人非常舒服。/他风度翩翩,如同他穿的鞋一样——让人觉得舒服


But things weren't always on such a sure footing for Mgayiya. The resourceful South African had to go through a string of failures to get to where he is today -- a spectacular entrepreneurial journey of risk, belief and reward.

但是Mgayiya先生的擦鞋生意并不是事事如愿的。资源丰富的南非 这位足智多谋的南非人必须经历种种失败才能走到今天——一场关于惊险 风险、信仰 信念和回报的奇妙(波澜壮阔?)的创业之路。

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