New mobile restaurant launched

2017-05-18 06:00
From left, Malunga Moyake, Lebohang Kutoaba, and extreme right, Nkosinathi Cekiso, flank business owner Zimkhitha Dwangu, inside Queenzim Grillers.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

From left, Malunga Moyake, Lebohang Kutoaba, and extreme right, Nkosinathi Cekiso, flank business owner Zimkhitha Dwangu, inside Queenzim Grillers.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Realising that her love for cooking was stronger than anything else, she quit her job at a nature reserve to start a mobile restaurant.

Gugulethu’s Zimkhitha Dwangu,38, on Saturday launched her mobile kitchen, called Queenzim Grillers in NY4, opposite Sivuyile Cape Town College.

Her dish comprises different mouth-watering offerings such as burger and chips, quarter chicken, wings, pork and livers complimented with steam bread, a full meal plate, coffee, break-fast and sandwiches.

The idea of starting the business was informed by her love of cooking, thanks to her mother, Linda Dwangu.

Linda and her Siyabulela started a restaurant in their home garage growing up.

“I loved cooking since I was very young. My mother is the best at cooking and has taught all I know about the business side of things. She and my uncle later closed their business, but the bug had bitten and the idea of starting my own stayed in my mind ever since... I am doing business with something that I love and enjoy doing,” the young Dwangu said.

She had quit her job of six years in March at the Western Cape Nature Reserve, where she worked as a Bio-diversity legislation officer, to start the business.

“My former colleagues encouraged me to start the business. I used to wake-up very early in the morning and cook lunch for them. They enjoyed my food a lot. I received a number of orders from them,” she added.

She is not new in business world.

In 2010 she ran an entertainment company called Siyaneliseka Events where she would hire a tour bus and hold a mobile parties on board.

She then added a business doing traditional decorations for weddings and also bridal showers, which have since closed unfortunately.

According to her, she has also studied Travel and Tourism and worked for the British Airways as a service agent between 1999 and 2007.

She then moved to the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport as an administration officer from 2007 to 2010.

Dwangu said she was also involved in the FIFA World Cup 2010 project called FIFA Premium Project, in 2010. South Africa hosted the world cup in 2010.

She said her dream was to have more mobile kitchens and target busy places such as music events.

With this newly launched venture, Dwangu has created job opportunities for three unemployed youth from her neighbourhood.

Thozamile Moyake, a neighbour and vice chairman of the street committee in the area said Dwangu has their blessing for the new enterprise.

“I was so happy when she told me that she wanted to start the business here. She is creating jobs for our unemployed youth. We support her. It is situated in the right place. Students from the college will no longer have to walk long distances to buy food which exposes them to street robberies. Her food is number one, the taste is number one,” Moyake said.

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