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“I’m the second born of six siblings and I’m originally from Osizweni township in Newcastle, but am currently based in Durban. I’m a reserved, calm and collected person who admires any hardworking individual,” he said.
He opened the doors of his business in July 2012 and it has been going from strength to strength since.
“Desired Trenz is a service provider which offers interior space decorating and renovating services, including ceiling decorations, flooring, space partitioning, office space optimisation and interior decor services, as well as residential and industrial construction and renovations,” he said.
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This creative niche has been his passion from a young age.
“I would craft ornaments from scratch, but wasn’t yet aware that I was creative. I was just playing, as any normal kid would. I also loved hanging my ornamental creations on the walls of my bedroom at home. I only realised that I had this hidden gift from God in 2010, when my friend Thokozani Ndlovu – who’s better known as L’vovo Derrango – asked me to help him renovate his newly bought mansion. “It was the first one he’d ever owned. He was going to be visited by a big lifestyle magazine, who’d be photographing his home.”
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His connection with the Durban-born kwaito artist, whose place has been firmly secured on the Mount Rushmore of Durban’s dance culture, fuelled Xaba’s reputation and his business endeavours.
“I did a few more jobs after that until I registered Desired Trenz. The rest is history,” he said.
He has since become the preferred interior designer for some of Durban’s top celebrities, with clients such as Mampintsha, Danger (Big Nuz), Zakes Bantwini, DJ Tira, DJ Chynaman, Gagasi FM radio personality Alex Mthiyane, SA Music Awards founder and owner Dumisani Goba, KwaZulu-Natal finance member of the executive council Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Mpumelelo Mnguni, former head of the provincial department of arts and culture and the current Nongoma municipal manager.
Naturally, City Press picked his mind for interior design trends to look out for next year.
He said:

He also highlighted smart furniture (furniture with digital or automated features) as a trend that would intensify in the year ahead.
“Foldable walls or dividers will create a dynamic between interior and outdoor living, and glass will be a key sustainable material in furniture,” he said adding: 
“Nature will also be a big trend: plants will not only complement your natural woods and warm browns, but will purify the air. Besides, seeing plants bloom brings a deep sense of fulfilment and joy.”
Asked what the future held for Desired Trenz, Xaba declined to answer. “We believe in silent moves. We don’t normally share our future planning. We normally only announce something when it’s about to happen,” he said.
On December 11, he was invited by the eThekwini municipality to be a special guest speaker for this year’s Durban Business Fair. Desired Trenz was the winner of the 2014 best stand award at the inaugural issue of the event.

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