- Nkosi Phungula only had R30 in his pocket when he started Foodie Kings
- Today, he employs two people and supplies chilli sauce to local supermarkets
- He also supports other black businesses by getting chilli from a KZN women's co-operative
A young entrepreneur in KwaZulu-Natal started his successful chilli sauce business with just R30 in his pocket.
27-year-old Nkosi Phungula owns Foodie Kings, which manufactures organic chilli paste, chilli sauces, peri-peri sauce, marinade sauce and chilli mayo.
It is based in Port Shepstone, employs two people, and supplies local supermarkets. Other clients include caterers and braai outlets, GCIS Vuk'uzenzele reports.
Phungula conducted extensive research before making his first sauce using cayenne pepper. uMzumbe and Ugu municipalities awarded him business development grants.
He used the grants to buy two machines for crushing and cooking, Briefly.co.za gathered. His business grew and he now produces 1,500 bottles of chilli sauce per day.
Phungula's hard work netted him a R19,000 award for the Best Exhibition Stand at the recent eThekwini Municipality Business Fair.
He also supports black businesses by procuring his chillis from a local co-operative owned by women in uMzimkhulu.
Phungula said although entrepreneurship has its challenges, he is glad he embarked on the journey. He hopes to expand his business even further.
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