From street vendor to ‘cover girl’

2019-09-25 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedDr Connie Ngubane.

PHOTO: suppliedDr Connie Ngubane.

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WHEN she started selling sweets and biscuits on the street, she never thought that her hard work will eventually lead her to grace the cover of a magazine one day.

Dr Connie Ngubane of Connie’s Kitchen has been featured on the cover of NOS Magazine’s September edition for her hard work and community upliftment.

Speaking to Echo Ngubane said she became a street vendor in 2003, so that she could make enough money to get into the public phone business.

“I was a street vendor for five years before I got a place of my own where I sold food. Before I got this space, I used to cook on the streets using a paraffin stove because there was a market for it and I saw it as an opportunity for me,” she said.

Ngubane said she decided to start cooking in 2004 after she noticed that many people were ordering food from takeaways.

She came up with the idea of selling street food in a convenient spot; and that was the beginning of it all.

In 2017 she was honoured with a doctorate by United Christ Bible Institute for her community work.

“When it all started I never thought that will bring me this far. I feel so honoured and humbled.”

Ngubane said she advises street vendors not to give up because she knows that they all have visions for their businesses.

“I think it is motivating for them to see someone who they have been with in the street now helping other people.”

She revealed that apart from managing her businesses, she also runs a soup kitchen that feeds vagrants every Sunday.

“I have love for giving back to our communities because at the end of the day it’s the community who supports us. I try by all means to be humble and help people where I can because I know the difficulties I had to go through,” she said.

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