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Growing up in Eldorado Park, a rough neighbourhood to the south of Johannesburg, Sheldon Tatchell had two options: steal or work in a corporate. At the urging of his parents to get “a real job”, he joined a bank.

  After six years with Standard Bank as an account management consultant — basically a debt collector, he says — he decided to follow a passion of his youth: cutting hair. It’s a skill he developed as a teenager, learning from a barber who was “the coolest guy around” because of his great haircuts...

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