Food App With A Social Conscience
Big Issue|Issue 293
What sets the Pekkish SA food-ordering app apart is that it empowers local food businesses and connects hungry customers with lesser known gems in their neighbourhood.

Pekkish (SA) positions itself as “a local food market in your pocket”. The app helps local businesses (including home based ones), aspiring chefs and the unemployed to generate a sustainable income for themselves by starting their Pekkish store.

The app started out as an idea between a group of friends who wanted to address the growing unemployment rate in South Africa. To this end, Pekkish now affords opportunities to many kitchens that didn’t have access to online platforms and subsequently took a knock during the national lockdown. Vendors on the app include a wide range that customers can choose from: Grill Maestro, Chef’s Pantry, J& S Sushi, kprinostikkagrill, Talladega Grill, Aneesa’s Take-aways, Bibi’s Kitchen, Mumu Juice, Fruit Wagon and many more hidden gems.

The Pekkish team prides itself on supporting local businesses to foster stronger communities, while also offering customers convenience and access to a wider market of food entrepreneurs, as well as saving them money.

“It’s always been about the community for us. We don’t see ourselves as a competitor to established food-delivery providers. Our focus is on supporting and growing local small-to-medium-sized businesses only. This strategy and ethos have further enabled shared opportunities for vendors, such as shared driver networks. Pekkish businesses within the same radius can share a pool of drivers, keeping costs low and customers well-fed,” says Sodieq Barendse, cofounder of Pekkish.

“In our communities, we have many winning recipes – some passed down from generation to generation. The great part is, everyone knows it’s a winner when, every Easter, Eid or birthday, your friends and family ask for that very dish or treat.”

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