- A mother who worked as a street trader sold fruit and veggies to fund her son's education
- The single mother would set up her table each morning and worked hard to give her son the best possible life
- Now, he has followed in her footsteps and hopes to honour street traders
A 21-year-old man, Bonga Mbucane, has paid tribute to street traders by sharing his mom's story. According to the Courier, Mbucane's mother worked hard to give him and his siblings the best possible life.
“As a single mother, she tried to make ends meet by waking up early to set up her table," he said.
Briefly.co.za learned that Mbucane's mom use the money she made as a street trader to fund his studies.
His mom, Ntombizodwa, had worked as a street trader at Joburg Market in City Deep since 1999. She said he would often help her sell or stock up and it played a part in his success today.
Mbucane has since followed in his mother's footsteps by selling fruit and vegetables at the same market she worked so hard at.
He hopes of one day owning his own farm that would generate millions.
Meanwhile, another young trader, 23-year-old Kgosi Mashigo, has taken over his gogo's stall. Mashigo sells bananas and hopes to grow his hustle.
He revealed he was surprised by how much people earn at the People's Market in City Deep.
"We are told to go to school and stay clean, but this life is actually worth all the dirt. Life has been good since I came here. We are independent. Nothing beats running a business that's so fulfilling," he said.
The Sowetan reported Mashigo revealed he employs two workers at R4 000 a month each and he is able to pay his rent and afford other living expenses.
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