Former principal taps into hospitality industry

2017-05-31 06:02
Chagwe Guest House owner, Makhosonke Mshengu.PHOTO:supplied

Chagwe Guest House owner, Makhosonke Mshengu.PHOTO:supplied

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MAKHOSONKE Mshengu from Thornville is set to take the hospitality industry by storm after the opening of his guesthouse,
Chagwe Guest House.

The former principal, now businessman, said he was determined to open the business in 2009, but due to financial constraints, had to abandon the idea.

“The idea to open a guesthouse came in 2009 in preparation for the World Cup, which was going to inject millions into the tourism and hospitality industries respectively.”

Mshengu said he thought this would be the perfect time to start a new adventure having retired from the Department of Education the previous year.

“Unfortunately, things did not go as expected, I failed to get the R300 000 incentive grant from the government incentive scheme so could not start up the business then.

“After going from pillar to post trying to get funding I eventually gave up on the idea,” he said.

He said over the years he has been involved in informal business and always imagined one day owning a thriving formal business.

“The project was solely self-funded. I managed to put together money over the years and built a six-bedroom guesthouse. The tourism industry in KwaZulu-Natal is booming, I saw a gap and decided to run with the idea years later.

“I decided to have the guesthouse in Thornville because the area does not have that many accommodation businesses and there is a demand in the area.”

Mshengu said as a start-up business in the hospitality sector they are still learning the ropes.

“We are currently researching other areas of the market that the guesthouse could focus on in order to expand. We want to target a widespread sector of the tourism industry to reach more commercial clients while maintaining our original relationships.”

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