Business is booming

2018-07-05 06:01
Some of the corrugated structures are ready to be sold along Lansdowne Road in Site B.PHOTO: Unathi obose

Some of the corrugated structures are ready to be sold along Lansdowne Road in Site B.PHOTO: Unathi obose

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While the City of Cape Town is up in arms with land occupiers in black areas, for some, business is booming for entrepreneurs who deal in building corrugated iron structures along the roads.

They hold that land occupation means their structures are forever in demand, with the discovery of new land to settle in.

Since the beginning of 2018, land occupation has risen dramatically in the city.

One of the oldest in the business of corrugated structures is situated in Green Point, Site B, along Lansdowne Road and is owned by Sonwabo Vokwana.

It has been in operation since the late ’80s. The structures were painted in the colour green, hence the name, and it was never confused with the more opulent Green Point in the city.

“I was working for a plumbing company, until we were retrenched. I then started this business in Site C. When some people were relocating to Makhaza from Site C, I was already in this business.

“At the time, we were dealing in bungalows,” he said.

It was only in 2000 that they changed the outlook of their business, selling corrugated zinc.

“This business is in demand because everyone needs a place to stay all the time. We are happy when the people occupy land, because we know we are going to make money,” said Vokwana.

He has become popular in Khayelitsha over the years for this business. “Especially now that there is a new area known as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela near Green Point, which was settled about three months ago. All of them buy their structures from us.”

Vokwana added that there were now more than 10 businesses operating in the same area­.

“You need to be friendly to your customers and be able to communicate with them. Familiar customer are discounted. Our prices range between R3900 and R5500 including windows, doors and the roofs. We build them for our people,” he said.

Lay-byes are accepted, Vokwana said.

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