- Khosi recalls working in her dad's spaza shop when she was a child
- She took over the business at the age of 22
- 23 years later, she is the proud owner of Nyanga East's first supermarket
When 45-year-old Khosi Liwani was a child, she used to help out at her dad's spaza shop. Little did she know that she would one day own a retail supermarket.
Khosi owns Ndwamba Market in Nyanga East, Western Cape, Briefly.co.za learned. Her late dad, Vic Radebe, started it and named it after his great-grandfather's clan.
Khosi took over the market when she was 22 after Radebe was shot dead in the driveway of his home in 1995.
Speaking to News24, she said:
I was 22 when I had to take over the shop. I was in my second year of my diploma in retail business management when I had to drop out and start running things.
I never finished my studies, but after working here since my childhood, I learnt everything I possibly could in the university of my father.
23 years later, Ndwamba Market is a fully fledged supermarket, the first one in Nyanga East.
It has been upgraded as part of a partnership between Pick n Pay, the Old Mutual Foundation, Masisizane Fund, Brimstone, the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, and the City of Cape Town.
Khosi also employs a total of 21 locals.
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Khosi, who knows most of her customers by name, plans to expand the store even farther:
Since reopening, our profits have tripled. But I don't spend it because I am investing it back into the business. I am saving and working to grow my store and hopefully one day my children will also be part of running things.
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