Young soul mates given bizz booster

2018-03-15 06:00
Business owners, Reabetswe Nkonyane and Phumla Mvila from Soul Mates, receive a donation of kitchen equipment from Shoprite to boost their catering business.

Business owners, Reabetswe Nkonyane and Phumla Mvila from Soul Mates, receive a donation of kitchen equipment from Shoprite to boost their catering business.

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Soul Mates, a catering company started by a group of young, aspiring entrepreneurs from Langa, last week received an injection of catering equipment to kick-start their business.

Soul Mates was started by three Grade 12 learners in early 2017 as part of SA Teen Entrepreneur’s schools’ programme.

The programme runs by means of Entrepreneur Societies in schools, and assists with unlocking the vast possibilities which entrepreneurship offers amongst our school going youth across the country.

Soul Mates’ business idea won at the Grand Finale at the end of 2016, and has now received a generous donation of cups and saucers, plates, microwaves, coffee makers, glasses, and cutlery from Shoprite’s catering department, as well as from the Southern Sun Newlands’ kitchen.

“We are so excited to be able to make our dream a reality”, says Reabetswe Nkonyane from Soul Mates. “Our first events, two weddings, have been booked for March, so the donations come at just the right time”.

Phumla Mvila, who handles the finances, said that the donation meant that they did not need to incur any hiring costs for equipment, which meant that the profits from their first two events could be ploughed directly back into the company.

Teen Entrepreneur’s Lydia Zingoni confirmed that Soul Mates’ advancement to starting their business was precisely why the NPO was formed.

“Our programme aims to awaken the notion that entrepreneurship can be a viable career option, and once young people have completed our 15-week course, with proper guidance and mentorship, a fully-fledged organisation can be the result. “We wish Soul Mates the very best. We will be watching their progress closely, and we trust that they will in turn invest in other young people in order to make the entrepreneurship circle even bigger”, she said.

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