KZN Woman Builds Thriving Kota Business After Being Retrenched From Corporate Job, SA Inspired

KZN Woman Builds Thriving Kota Business After Being Retrenched From Corporate Job, SA Inspired

  • Neliswa turned adversity into opportunity after losing her job, using a gazebo and hustle to build a thriving kota business from scratch
  • Faced with unemployment, Neliswa didn't have resources or experience, but she did have determination
  • Her journey from office girl to self-made success resonated deeply, sparking praise and admiration online
Woman builds kota business
A woman ventured into selling kotas after losing her job in 2018. Image: Black Capitalist
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Refusing to be down and out after losing her corporate job in 2018, KZN's Neliswa Mntungwa consciously decided to venture into entrepreneurship and start her own kota business.

From jobless to kota queen

The office girl turned kasi cuisine hustler shared her story on the Black Capitalist Facebook page, where she opened up about being retrenched from her job of seven years, forcing her into unemployment.

"I started the business not knowing that it would be my bread and butter. In the beginning, I had nothing; no place to work and no idea where to start. So I got a gazebo, a small gas stove and I took to the street and sold food on the side of a road outside a local clinic," shared the Kota TwoNice founder.

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Neliswa admits that she didn't know what she was doing but persisted in making the hustle work.

"I taught myself how to make different meals. Every day I'd teach myself something new, about food and about business," Neliswa shared.

Today, she has a mobile kitchen, caters for events, and a sit-down outlet she calls her own.

Neliswa advises aspiring entrepreneurs to start with what they have and to have a thick skin.

Mzansi reacts to woman's story

Mzansi people were moved by Neliswa's story and praised her as an inspiration online.

Mzansi Head Honchos commented:

"This is very inspirational. No one should give up."

Babielona Motsemme said:

"Keep on going girl. Spirit."

Sarah Radebe said:

"Congratulations You look so young for someone who has worked more than seven years."

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Gugs Mtolo commented:

"Beautiful sister, you're a true inspiration. I started mine last weekend hoping to grow and employ youth in my area."

Mthandeni Nkomo replied:

"Big up to my sister for being the ultimate inspiration and motivation."

Nhlakanipho Zwane replied:

"Okuhle nomusa kubenawe."

KZN woman ditches the classroom to build a thriving piggery

Briefly News previously reported that as a proud pig farmer at 28, Siphelele Siyaya carved her own way, defying expectations and proving that ambition and hard work can turn dreams into reality.

The KZN woman saved up money while working as a teacher to buy land and start her own pig farm, today known as Madlikivane Piggery, in KwaNongoma.

"What motivated me to venture into pig farming is the love I have for pigs, which my maternal grandmother instilled in me when I was younger," she shared.

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