Lockdown inspired a business idea
A young entrepreneur from Durban starts her own food business.
During level 5 of the national lockdown many people were left without jobs and money to take care of their families. Ntombikayise Bhengu, a young lady from the Umlazi Township, South of Durban said that she was inspired to start up her own food business alongside her clothing business. Bhengu said that she and her parents have always had the passion for cooking and their food is enjoyed by many people in their family gatherings.
“I have always enjoyed cooking with my family and I am a very business minded person, so I thought, hey why not put those two together and start a food business called Busy Corner,” said Bhengu.
Bhengu said that she started out by selling the usual local fast foods such as fried potatoes chips, chicken wings, wors rolls, burgers, and sandwiches. But once her her business grew she included some local South African traditional dishes such as Usu, ujeqe, isitambu and many more. She said that those were a hit and her customers really enjoyed them.
“Sometimes I will make all the the food and by 12 o’clock in the afternoon most of it will be sold out, that’s how much love and support I’ve been receiving from my community,” she said.
Bhengu encourages other people who have a talent or skill to get up and do something about it. She said that starting a business may seem risky but the benefits are worth it in the end.