Local bunisses owner of Loxion Roadhouse resturant and New Nation pre-school Emily Mashangoane aged 50 from Mankweng unit C says her business started in December 2019 when she was using a wendy house. Mashangoane says during that year where she was selling fatcakes, she was approached by a stranger who introduced and encouraged her to join BizNiz in a box competition to contribute to the creation of sustainable solutions to her business and be able to sell more goods.
BizNiz competition is an initiative by Limpopo Economic Development Agency in collaboration with CocaCola Beverages South Africa(CCBSA).
Mashangoane became one of the competition winners last year and was awarded with a mobile kitchen and a hawker trolley that she currently uses. She says the mobile kitchen helped to upgrade her business to the next level and hired three ladies to work with her. “We have free Wi-Fi for our customers and we sell bunnychow, soft drinks, snacks, airtime, do cashbacks and other things,” she said.
She says her business benefits the community by through fresh food and good service.
One of her employees Tebatso Lekgothwane(26) says she studied Primary Healthcare course at Capricorn TVET College and could not find a job in line with her qualifications when she decided to join Mashangoane’s business in March this year. She added that waking up everyday knowing that you have a job is one of the things that keeps her motivated.
Another employee, Queen Bongwe(40) from Khubvi in Venda says her duty at Loxion is to do stock taking. Bongwe says her workplace makes her happy because of its cleanliness and people never complained about their services from when she started in April this year.
Mashangoane concluded by urging everyone who is willing to start a business to have a vision that will keep them disciplined to reach their set goals.