Dream big: roadside entrepreneurs

2011-10-06 00:00

WANDA Kunene of the John Odams Centre for the physically disabled, refuses to let his disability stand in the way of his dream to be an entrepreneur.

Two weeks ago, Kunene and his friends opened a mini vendor spot outside the Golden Casino racecourse.

Using a small table as a counter top, Kunene sells sweets, chips and also offers the use of a public telephone. While this might not mean much to some, for Kunene and his friends it is a symbol of how being in a wheelchair is not a limitation.

“We decided to combine our talents and R20 and get small stock to get the tuck shop going. In a week we make about R600 and we split that money equally and buy more stock.

“We have a dream of owning a tuck shop,” he said.

Motorists driving past Surrey road stare curiously at Kunene and his friends sitting in their wheelchairs at the road side waiting for customers.

With the shade of the tree as their only protection from the elements, Kunene admits that the weather is a major concern.

“When it rains we can not go out and sell, which means we lose out on making a profit.

“We need people to help us with donations so we can purchase a tent and more stock.

“We do not want to beg on the street, we are physically handicapped but we are entrepreneurs at heart,” said Kunene.

To donate to the John Odams Centre, contact Emma Mortimer at the Association for the Physically Challenged on 033 342 2768.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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