- Sikelela Dibela dropped out of school while in Grade 9 and started working as a dishwasher at a café
- One day, he was allowed to start working on the coffee machine and progressed through the ranks to eventually become a store manager
- Dibela had dreams of creating a coffee culture in his township and started Siki’s Koffee Kafe from his home in 2016
Sikelela Dibela started from humble beginnings as he slowly worked his way up.
While in Grade 9, he decided to drop out of school and started working as a dishwasher at a café.
After working in the position for some time, he got a chance to touch the store’s coffee machine one day.
Beautiful News reported that the coffee bug soon bit him as he became the full-time barrister.
Dibela made such a good impression that he was sent to train staff at franchises in England and was also promoted to store manager.
Dibela wanted to share his passion for coffee with his own community and saw an opportunity to become an entrepreneur in the process.
Determined to spread the coffee culture, he started Siki’s Koffee Kafe in 2016 at his home in Khayelitsha.
Siki’s uses a unique blend of beans which they source from Kenya, Ethiopia and Burundi.
Dibela not only introduced the first sit-down coffee shop to Khayelitsha, but is making a difference in the lives of young people.
He said, “My coffee shop gives young people a place to meet, work and grow.
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