Two friends partner in business

2018-06-07 06:00
Aseza Noboba (left) and Andisa Rigala are young entrepreneurs, who run a fast food outlet in Pholile Informal Settlement.PHOTO: velani ludidi

Aseza Noboba (left) and Andisa Rigala are young entrepreneurs, who run a fast food outlet in Pholile Informal Settlement.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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They grew up playing cooking games and now they jointly own and run a fast-food business.

Long-time friends Andisa Rigala and Aseza Noboba are the proud owners of Kasi Roadhouse in Pholile Informal Settlement, a popular fast-food outlet.

The 25-year-old duo share a love for cooking and experimenting with flavours and food. “So we thought we should make money from it, as we were both unemployed,” Rigala recalled.

They believe their business is unique when compared to competitors in the area. “Before we get to the food, we are very proud that our place is clean and neat. We also run specials which our customers love very much,” Rigala said.

Kasi Roadhouse has been in operation for the past two years and the owners plan to branch out in the near future. “We will be opening a second place, which will be selling pizzas and gatsbys,” Noboba said.

But one of the challenges the duo face is similar to that of many residents in the area – electricity. “We can’t use some electric pots, because we have a weak electrical connection. Sometimes the electricity just trips while we are cooking,” said Rigala, adding that they are forced to give patrons the food at no cost so to prevent it from going off.

What is their advice to budding entrepreneurs? “Aim to impress your customers,” Noboba shared. “Customers are the bosses of the business – if they are happy, your business will be a success.”

Happy customer Asibabale Mzotsho’s favourite dish is the liver kota (bunny chow).

“I really like the way the chicken livers are prepared; it’s so delicious. [Noboba and Rigala] are lovely people. You can see they enjoy what they are doing,” said Mzotsho.

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