- A 28-year-old man has started his own pizza restaurant during lockdown and business is booming
- The BSc student started out by testing recipes in his kitchen and posting snaps online
- A lot of people were interested in the tasty meals and he saw an opportunity
The lockdown has been tough on many companies - many of which have had to close, file for bankruptcy or lay off workers.
However, one man saw a need in his community and he decided to fill it. Election Xitsakiso Baloyi - who hails from Mankweng - decided to try out some pizza recipes at home.
He explained he tried out various recipes and sent them to his sister and her husband. Baloyi then posted snaps of his yummy creations on social media and was overwhelmed by the reaction.
Baloyi told Briefly.co.za:
"A lot of people got interested and asked if I was selling them 'pizza'. From there I started selling them and making deliveries."
With requests for his dishes piling up, Maloyi started Rabbit Pizza. Although the lockdown crippled many businesses, it provided Maloyi with an unique advantage.
He explained people stayed at home and it meant they placed more orders for Maloyi to deliver to them.
The 28-year-old entrepreneur, who is also a final year in BSc Physical and Mineral resources student, revealed he had little resources to fund the business at first.
"I started the pizza business with very little resources and capital to run the business effectively, so it all started in a subsistence mode, managing to have few supplies with nominal profit margins."
Baloyi had to learn how to balance his studies and running a new business but he made "never quit" his motto and has thus far only been blessed with success.
The business also enabled Baloyi to create employment opportunities during a critical time in SA's economy.
He employs seven other young people who help with making the pizzas and delivering them in Tzaneen (N’wamitwa) and Mankweng (Mamodimo Park).
The entrepreneur gushed about the support he received from his community, adding the response online has been overwhelmingly positive.
Baloyi now plans to expand his business and open outlets in at least five rural communities in Limpopo.
"We would like to create an interactive chill spots for our rural communities. This will of course require substantial investors for the business to thrive."
The inspiring man sent a message to other young people who dream of opening their own businesses:
"My message to young people is that with hard work and dedication coupled with passion and prayer all things are possible - young people should strive to follow their passion despite the limitations of their backgrounds and communities."
Briefly.co.za previously reported on another inspiring entrepreneur. A 32-year-old man has inspired many online with his success.
Tloks Lepara started his own fast-food restaurant in his community. His business has grown into a franchise that focuses on the economy in townships.
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