- Mogau helped a bride friend improve her cooking skills
- She resigned her corporate job to develop this idea into a fully fledged business
- She now hopes to build a traditional food empire in South Africa
Mogau Seshoene, founder of popular food solutions company The Lazy Makoti, says she hopes to build a traditional South African food empire.
The entrepreneur got the idea for her business while helping her friend, who was a bride at the time, improve her cooking skills.
Speaking to howwemadeitinafrica.com, Mogau said her friend was a city girl who was marrying into a traditional Zulu family.
Mogau subsequently realised there was a gap in the market. She quit her corporate job in finance to start The Lazy Makoti.
Her company started off by offering cooking lessons to makotis (long brides). It has now diversified to also offer recipe development and bespoke catering.
It also sells custom-made kitchen accessories such as aprons and chopping boards, Briefly.co.za learned.
With the help of R150,000 she received after winning The Hookup Dinner's Lean Jump startup competition in 2015, Mogau set up her business.
She also holds a degree in consumer science and retail management from the University of Pretoria.
Mogau now wants to promote South African and African cuisine and culture as much as she can:
While I value the global outlook, I believe it’s time for Africans to take pride in our own heritage and work to preserve and maybe improve it instead of assimilating into everyone else’s.
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