KASI FLAVOURED Chicken Image Credit: Bona
KASI FLAVOURED Chicken Image Credit: Bona

Kasi-Flavoured Chicken

Itumeleng Mpatlanyana (38), founder of Nkukhu Box, tells us about his fast food franchise model that aims to solve problems faced by emerging entrepreneurs.

Fundiswa Nkwanyana

My love for food and entrepreneurship started when I was in primary school when my friends and I used to swap lunch boxes. I also enjoyed watching cooking shows in order to learn how to cook. Eating different lunches and learning how to cook sparked my love for food.

My entrepreneurial journey started when I was a teenager. I used to cut grass for the neighbours in my hometown of Embalenhle, Mpumalanga. This inspired me to be an entrepreneur as I also sold frozen food in order to make extra cash. After matric, I studied at the University of Pretoria where I graduated in 2004 with an entrepreneurial degree. While studying, I sold bean bags and used that money to start a student accommodation business. Many students did not have money to pay a deposit and by having money, I was able to run both a business and assist those students who needed it.

As I explored more entrepreneurial ventures, I realised that it was challenging. Some of the obstacles I faced as an emerging businessman included securing start-up and working capital, dealing with rental increases and competing with international brands. At some point I was bankrupt and all my possessions were repossessed by the bank.

After three years of research, I launched Nkukhu Box in 2016. I decided to stick with my strengths and focus on the township market as there’s too much competition in urban areas. Furthermore, shopping centres

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