Entrepreneur’s business soars

2018-04-19 06:01
Timothy Ntsihleli doing what he does best, preparing a sheep’s head to sell to customers in Asanda Village. PHOTO: velani ludidi

Timothy Ntsihleli doing what he does best, preparing a sheep’s head to sell to customers in Asanda Village. PHOTO: velani ludidi

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When you get to Asanda Village and ask who sells the best sheep’s head (smiley) and a cow liver there, you are sure to be referred to Timothy Ntsihleli.

The 33-year-old father of two jokingly would not tell City Vision what his secrete recipe is.

“It’s a family secrete my children will use if they decide to sell meat,” he said.

Ntsihleli started selling meat two years ago after struggling to secure permanent employment job.

“Jobs here are seasonal,” he says. “If you get to be employed permanently you are lucky. Working on and off was difficult for me because I have a family. I had to find something permanent that would bring food to the table for all of us.”

Ntsihleli reckoned the busiest days for his business are over weekends.

“People come as early as 08:00 in the morning, asking me to prepare meat for them,” he said. “Sometimes, by the afternoon, both the liver and sheep heads will be finished, but people will still come back for more.”

Ntsihleli started his business on his own and now employs three people, as well as two part-time employees on busy days, especially at month end.

Thapelo Sikhafungana (31) said the manner in which Ntsihleli prepares the liver is what draws customers.

“He puts onion and some spice on it,” he said. “It is very tasty, hence we come here all the time. I am sad when I come here and I’m told the meat is sold out.”

One of Ntsihleli’s secrets is ensuring the meat is very clean.

“People like a clean environment,” he pointed out. “I appreciate the support I receive because I no longer need to seek employment to put food on the table. This business has given me that opportunity.”

Ntsihleli advised people that entrepreneurship is the only way to have a sustainable income.

“Jobs come and go, but when you have a business you are sorted for life. You just need to find something people need and bring that to them. Don’t just copy what I do; if you are going to do what I do, do it better than I do it. Do not do it because it is working for Timothy and, therefore, it will work for you. That’s not how it works.”

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