SA youth on the move
Amid Covid-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa, urged the youth of South Africa to grab business opportunities brought by Covid-19.
Charly Sibiya, 30, from Umlazi Township was retrenched at the Royal hotel as a chef, he saw an opportunity to use his culinary skills and open a pizza business. He said after losing his job due to Covid-19, he decided not only to uplift himself but also create employment for his fellow community. He prepares his pizza out of firewood and serve them hot.
He added by saying since he is jobless, his only desire was to open a business. “I have always dreamt of bringing development by uplifting youth in my community. The aim is to open different branches across KwaZulu-Natal,” said Sibiya.
He continued by saying his choice to prepare pizzas out of firewood will save him money in context of electricity costs. The other reason was for his business to continue in circumstances of load shedding.
Mnqobi Zulu is a business partner, residing at KwaMashu Towship. Before Covid-19 he was employed as a chef. He said the vision of becoming business owners has always been there. “After graduating, being self-employed was my first priority but without the capital to start a business it was a struggle”, said Zulu.
A regular customer at La Pizza House, Sphesihle Mwelase, said that their pizza is unique and tasty. Mwelase said, “I had my reservation with their pizza but after tasting it, I became addicted especially chicken dust flavour”.