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