Meet our TTR ribbon slitting team

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Meet our TTR ribbon slitting team

Inspiring colleagues

‘Teamwork makes the dream work’ has become something of a cliché, but at the Kemtek Ribbon Slitting Plant it’s a reality both at work and in their leisure time, and explains their success as one of SA’s leading suppliers of labelling solutions across multiple industries.

To learn more about how they gel as a team, we chatted to Marco Buthelezi, Xoli Ntloko, Tshepo Matlala, Rethabile Sikhosana, Jacob Mokagane, Rodgers Hasani Ngobeni, Joseph Lethoba, Zodwa Kgokong, Moses Seabela and John Motaung.

Whether they have been working at the Kemtek Ribbon Slitting Plant for many years (as several of the team have) or joined more recently, they all referenced the importance of the people they work with when it comes to enjoying their work, and achieving their results.

It’s clear that the ‘three F’s’ are also a vital component – that is, family, faith and football. Many of the plant operatives play on the same soccer team at the weekend, and it’s telling that while they each have their preferred position, they’re all also all-rounders and happy to perform any role that’s required to help the team win. That’s exactly the same approach that they take at work, too.

When asked to define the qualities they all share, the team referenced dedication, respect and communication – the same values that their customers and suppliers appreciate.

Relative newcomers to the plant describe how they receive excellent on-the-job training – to the extent that they very soon feel as though they have been a team member for considerably longer.

Striving for excellence

Inspirational teamwork is a hallmark of the ribbon plant experience and creates a professional environment in which skills transfers happen organically, and each colleague empowered able to share their knowledge and experience in ways that uplift the collective skillset.

Putting these skills into practice enables the ribbon-slitting team to deliver superb service to all Kemtek ribbon plant clients, including garment manufacturers, packaging and other users of thermal transfer ribbons.

Focusing on customer needs

The development of a local ribbon slitting plant has created employment and training opportunities for around 10 new employees. It also means that Kemtek’s customers are no longer dependent on imported ribbons. This offers both cost and availability advantages, as Kemtek’s team have the ability and resources to convert wide ribbon stock to meet the specifications required for a wide range of thermal transfer ribbon (TTR) labelling and printing machines.

Beyond labelling

The ribbon plant team applies the same levels of energy and commitment to their lives outside work. As parents, family members, sports fans and soccer players, they give of their best in every situation.

While results on the pitch may not always go their way, they never become discouraged. Rather, they redouble their efforts, train harder, and come prepared for the next match, more determined to win than ever.

This resilience and determination have stood them in good stead throughout the pandemic. Drawing on their deep reserves of mutual respect and the intuitive communication they enjoy, they were able to meet this unprecedented challenge in the same way that they face any other obstacle they may encounter: as a team.

Many teams cite teamwork as the key to their success; spending time with the Kemtek Ribbon Slitting Plant team, it’s apparent that they have taken this approach to the next level. Not only do they excel at what they do, but they clearly enjoy it, too. To learn more about Kemtek’s ribbon slitting solutions, contact Marco Buthelezi on +27847533421 or at Alternatively, visit

People on the photo:

From left to right: John Motaung, Rogers Hasani Ngobeni, Moses Seabela, Jacob Mokagane, Marco Buthelezi, Zodwa Kgokong, Rethabile Sikhosana, Xolile Ntloko

Absent: Tshepo Matlala and Joseph Lethoba