‘Spicy’ determination leads to success

2017-06-06 06:01
Ranjini Naidoo never forgets her roots.           Photo: supplied

Ranjini Naidoo never forgets her roots. Photo: supplied

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“NEVER give up, no matter what,” says Durban mother, Ranjini Naidoo, when asked how she went from being a housewife to a business owner, which was now ranked number one in the country for the 2017 National Coke Food Fest.

Naidoo’s dream of owning a take-away, The Curry O’s, was a long uphill battle, but she triumphed and has never looked back.

“Having three children, times were tough. I ran a tuck shop from home for 10 years. In 2006 I bought a food trailer and sold food at a local market for a year.

“Eventually, the owners of a florist near the trailer, offered to let me convert their small security room, which was adjacent to the food trailer, into a takeaway.”

At the market Naidoo served car guards, beggars, addicts, homeless and locals and she was “mother”, she even ran a feeding scheme every Thursday.

In 2012 Naidoo helped her son in his food outlet in Moseley, which lasted for four years.

“In 2015 I was approached by the owner of a pizza shop about one kilometre down the road in Moseley, who asked me to take over his shop as he heard my food was good and with the help of my family, The Curry O’s was born.”

She now caters for people in Hillcrest, Pinetown Chatsworth and surrounds.

“People from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg to Newcastle pop in for a bunny after reading my reviews.”

Naidoo never forgets her roots and teams up with Heaven’s Kitchen to host feeding schemes every Thursday.

“Nothing beats the power of prayer,” she says.
She still has her staff from the market days as the “engine room” of The Curry O’s.

Naidoo now has 300 stores, which were shortlisted to 70 then 20 and then one of top 10 finalists in Durban for the 2016 Coca-Cola Bunny Chow Barometer Challenge.
This year The Curry O’s team is in the top 10 nationally for the Coke Food Fest.

She is currently in first place and hopes to achieve her dream of claiming the South Africa’s “best take-away” title.

Naidoo says dreams can become reality if people put their faith in God and work towards it.
“Do not give up, God has Bigger Plans.'' To vote for Naidoo dial *120*4862# or to find out more like The Curry O’s page on Facebook.

Having three children, times were tough. I ran a tuck shop from home for 10 years.... I bought a food trailer and sold food at a local market for a year... Nothing beats the power of prayer.

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