Nyanga store opens

2017-12-21 06:00
Khosi Liwani, ownder of Ndwamba Market, is flanked by her husband Zongezile, Pick n Pay director Jonathan Ackerman and Masisizane Fund’s Tumi Sefolo as she cuts the ribbon to open her revamped shop.

Khosi Liwani, ownder of Ndwamba Market, is flanked by her husband Zongezile, Pick n Pay director Jonathan Ackerman and Masisizane Fund’s Tumi Sefolo as she cuts the ribbon to open her revamped shop.

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One of Nyanga’ East’s oldest business centre has received a new lease on life with the opening of a new retail store there.

Ndwamba Market, in Emms Drive opened last Thursday and it was revealed that it is the second such store in the Cape.

Pick n Pay calls the venture innovative spaza modernisation programme.

The shop is run by businesswoman Khosi Liwani who believes that it was about time the 50 year centre received a revamp.

“We were thinking of how to expand when Pick n Pay approached us, and this is the fulfilment of a dream. We’ll be the only branded supermarket in Nyanga (East,)” she said.

The store has a rich history in the community, having been established by her late father Vick Hadebe even before she was born.

When Hadebe passed on in 1995, Liwani, then a 22 year old, took control of the business as she had been groomed to do so.

“Growing up, I used to spend all my holidays and weekends working at the shop. I used to think that my father was a monster but now I thank him for it. I wouldn’t have been where I am right now if it wasn’t for him,” she said.

The shop is an upgraded spaza store offering convenience on their doorstep and jobs and opportunities for locals.

The store currently employs 25 staff members with more needed as the business grows. Liwani said that she is proud to provide employment and a sense of belonging for the community.

“This is the first branded store for Nyanga and its great working with such a strong brand as Pick n Pay who along with other partners helped me so much,” she said.

The opening of Ndwamba is part of phase two of the spaza modernisation programme, following the highly successful pilot phase in Gauteng last year.

Owners of converted stores in Gauteng have performed well and their customers have benefited from a significantly expanded range of quality products at competitive prices, close to where they live.

It is a collaborative effort between Pick n Pay, the Old Mutual Foundation, Masisizane Fund, Brimstone, the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the City of Cape Town.

Pick n Pay has worked with its suppliers to kit out Ndwamba with new refrigeration and IT systems and it will stock more than 1 000 lines of edible and non-edible groceries, fresh produce and perishables. Services like money transfer, ticketing, airtime and data, bill payments, lottery tickets and prepaid electricity add to the convenience.

Pick n Pay deputy CEO Richard van Rensburg said that the programme was proof that there is space for both large and small retailers in the modern economy.

“We started out in Gauteng in a partnership with the provincial government as part of its township renewal programme and the response of residents there has been fantastic. We’re delighted to bring this model to the Western Cape, where we’re getting the full support of the provincial and city authorities,” he said. Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, said he would like to see more of the public-private collaboration that made the programme possible. “This project is a great example of the kind of difference we can make when we work together. Through this partnership, we’re supporting entrepreneurs to grow the economy and add jobs in their communities.”Liwani says she is “excited about the new-look store, and the benefits it will bring to those who live in Nyanga”. “We are also going to be employing people from Nyanga in the store, so it’s a win-win situation.”

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