Formal spaza opens in Guguletu

2017-10-26 06:00
New franchise owner Phumla Ruda with Pick n Pay Director Jonathan Ackerman, Brimstone Investements Iqbal Khan, Masisizane Fund’s Tumi Sefolo and Lagunya Business Forum’s Vusi Vokwana. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

New franchise owner Phumla Ruda with Pick n Pay Director Jonathan Ackerman, Brimstone Investements Iqbal Khan, Masisizane Fund’s Tumi Sefolo and Lagunya Business Forum’s Vusi Vokwana. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The busy neighbourhood of NY115 in Gugulethu will never be the same again after the official opening of a formal spaza shop there.

The area is well known for Mzoli’s Chisanyama, but now consumers have the benefit of Nozinga’s Market Store, part of the Pick n Pay spaza conversion programme, that was piloted in Gauteng last year.

Phumza Ruda is the new owner and she could not hide her excitement on Monday, during the opening of the store.

Rudah said that it has been a long journey for her, as it started a decade ago.

“Everything looked promising so I quit my job to start my own business in the food industry, but I didn’t know that there was a recession looming so my business sank.

The recession caught us off-guard but I was resilient and began selling food items that weren’t readily available in grocery store shelves.

I drove around to farms and factories meeting with food makers to start that business and today I am happy to have my own shop,” she said.

She said the community warmed up to her when she introduced the idea of opening a shop in the area.

“I am happy that the community regards us as part of their family and we hope that our success will also mean the success of other enterprises in the area,” she said.

The spaza conversion programme started as part of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development’s (GDED) township revitalisation programme, but is now being launched in the Western Cape.

Nozinga’s Market is the first store to be rolled out in the province.

Initially a collaboration between the GDED, Pick n Pay, the Masisizane Fund, the Brimstone Legacy Fund and the Old Mutual Foundation, the programme seeks to assist current spaza owners to upgrade their shops into modern retail stores and make them more sustainable, but at the same time, keeping them fully independently owned.

So far the programme has seen the completion of seven stores in Gauteng.

These stores are said to have doubled revenue and created employment opportunities.

Richard van Rensburg, deputy chief executive of Pick n Pay said this project will make a big contribution to township revitalisation and supporting a new cadre of black business entrepreneurs.

“The partnership is about revitalising township economies, assisting SMMEs and building new business leaders.

Successful township businesses help the broader community by providing great services, creating jobs and building vital skills in technology, customer service, and more traditional retail areas such as learning to be butchers and bakers.

We are helping independent entrepreneurs to make their businesses successful and play a greater role in growing our economy.” He said.

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