DESPITE having grown up in dire circumstances, Qhawe Marule (21) from Marite in Bushbuckridge has opened Mabrayas Kota & Chips, supplying bunny chows to many happy clients daily.
Urging unemployed young people, especially those in rural areas, to start their own businesses and create jobs, Marule said if he could do it, anybody could.
He said youngsters should rather be innovative and start their own businesses instead of relocating to the big cities searching for greener pastures.
Marule said he started the kota business (bunny chow), after realising that it was not as readily available and popular in the villages as it was in Gauteng.
“Community members support me because eating bread and chips is popular in the rural areas, and I took advantage of that. I make enough profit from it and after three months I already managed to employ two people,” said Marule.
He advised young people to capitalise on the opportunities that are available in rural areas to start businesses.
“I know most people in rural areas are not working, but that does not mean they do not eat or wear clothes, so they must not relax at home waiting for a job opportunity. They must wake up and start something. I did not go to town to rent a shop, I operate my business from my parent’s backyard,” he said.
Marule said he believed that anyone could create their own jobs and urged the community to always support local businesses by buying their products.
“Young people must take advantage of social media to advertise their businesses, it has worked for me,” he added.
A regular customer at Mabrayas, Pamela Mamitja, said she supported Marule because he introduced something that they were not familiar with and also because he was a local resident.
“We used to eat bread and chips but when he introduced the kota we liked it, because it comes ready and affordable. The fact that we know and trust Qhawe is the reason why we support his business,” she said.