Passion and dedication are what keeps Ntombikayise Sambo going and able to run her business and this has helped her create jobs in the community.
Sambo is the owner of renowned Nito Fisheries at Ntlazane Road in Makhaza.
The mother of three said the fishery has been operating for almost 15 years.
“My husband worked in the fishery business for a long time. In 2004 he was on holiday and he decided to buy fish and sell it just to see if people would buy it. In one day he doubled the money that he earned a month from where he was working and since then he never looked back,” said Sambo.
She said he sold only fish and chips for two months and after that, he added other stuff.
“We then added vetkoek because it was in demand, people were asking for it,” she said adding that they started by selling plain vetkoeks.
Sambo said it wasn’t difficult for her to adjust as she was also working in a restaurant at the time.
“While I was working I used to assist him when I was at home. After working for about seven years in a restaurant I decided to resign in 2006 and focus on our business. At that time the business was growing because we already sold vetkoeks with burger, egg, russian, chips and some refreshments,” she said.
She said the vetkoek are selling between R5 and R22 while a mini parcel cost R45 and a parcel R55 for both fishes.
Sambo said they had to convert their house into a business premises because of insufficient space.
She said her customers are from all over the Metro region. “People are coming from Eersteriver, Langa, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha to buy at my fishery.
“You find that some of my customers who are staying far away are people working in Khayelitsha.
“So they come all the way from their areas to buy here,” she said.
She said business is booming especially in the last week of the month till the first week. Sambo added that she has hired 12 people to assist them in the fishery.