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Mealie cooker facility provides livelihood
​Mealie cookers prepare their daily stock in the spacious
facility at Warwick Avenue.
WHEN eThekwini Municipality officially opened doors to the mealie cooker facility at Warwick Avenue in December 2017, the goal was to unleash local business efficiency. Almost two years later, this goal has been fully achieved.

This was confirmed during a recent visit by Municipal officials to the facility which accommodates about 70 mealie cookers. The budding entrepreneurs, mostly women, shared their sentiments on how the structure and the City’s support has boosted their business productivity and lured new customers.

The facility is equipped with a cooking area, changing rooms, toilets, showers, wood fire storage room, as well as the provision of services such as cleaning, refuse removal, water, electricity and security. Nomhle Mzobotshe who has been selling mealies for 22 years said the trade is her only source of income that helps put food on the table and has paid school fees for children. “Our sales and profit has increased drastically since the City provided this facility.

We have new customers who now buy from us because of the dignified building that is neat with clean water,” she said. Recalling what led her to the business, Mzobotshe said she had to derive a survival mechanism when she unexpectedly lost both her parents at 19 years. “I supported my three siblings through this business and they are now financially independent. I’ve also put my five children through school. I am proud to say one of my children who studied at the Durban University of Technology is now working in a big company,” she said proudly. Like any other business, Mzobotshe said being a mealie cooker has its challenges, but with dedication, hard work and the continuous support from the Municipality which includes business compliance and environmental health training, she said it is sustainable.

Sthembiso Zondi, echoed Mzobotshe’s sentiments. “Venturing into the business has done wonders for me, it is paying for my bills and children’s education. I commend the City for believing in us by growing and developing the sector.” Zondi, who has been a mealie cooker since 2011, said he was surprisingly able to supplement his income four years into the business when he built 10 cottages for rental. In 2017 he bought himself a posh car and built his dream house. “This is clear proof that no business opportunity is small. Through this, I have created long-term employment for eight people.” Nosisa Mbobo, Area Manager from the Municipality’s Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit said: “The value of trade is over R1-billion per annum, taking into account the number of commuters who pass by Warwick Avenue on a daily basis.”

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