Breadman on a roast and prayer

2017-02-02 06:02
 Lebo Tlhasedi preparing to make roastbread at his Mandela Park home.

Lebo Tlhasedi preparing to make roastbread at his Mandela Park home.

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Meet Lebo Tlhasedi, an entrepreneur from Khayelitsha trying to promote healthy living in the form of home-made roastbread.

He begins his twelve-hour process at 16:00 hours in order to sell his product to the residents of Harare at a four-way stop each morning.

Tlhasedi’s start-up project began in 2014 after he decided to quit his job in 2010 to begin his own business venture. His goal was to help people preserve their bodies and live a healthier lifestyle.

“I don’t think much about the money, I just want people to be healthier” says Tlhasedi.
He claims that his product stands out from the crowd because he uses whole-wheat grains and takes his time with each batch.

He began his venture by selling four steamed loaves of brown bread, and then moved onto making the roastbread, which has proved to be very popular.

“People wanted the roasters; this made the steamed bread very stagnant. I bring my basket to the four-way(stop) and sell the roasters at R8.00 for two.”

He is passionate about his project and hopes to spread the word about healthy living and the maintenance of good health.

“People need to adhere to God regarding our bodies. We need to give glory and honour to Him.”

Tlhasedi is looking to expand his business, but said he is very content(with operations) at the moment.

One of his customers is Mlondolozi Nandele, a taxi operator, who said he buys roaster from Lebo because they “taste lekker”.

“I drive along the route where he operates and I cannot pass without buying. Even my children expect me to bring some(home),” he said.

Nomawabo Xezu said the roasters reminded one of her grandmother in the village.

“They take me to my rural up-bringing and I get upset when I don’t see Lebo at his usual spot,” she said.

In a ironic twist, it seems Tlhasedi’s talents have also been spotted by thugs.

“One day two boys tried to rob me . As they approached, I said a little prayer and charged on them and luckily an approaching taxi stopped and the thugs fled,” he said.

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