Food king runs hot busi­ness

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Hlengiwe Ngob­ese

Nkosi Phun­gula can be de­scribed as a se­rial en­tre­pre­neur fo­cused on grow­ing his chilli sauce busi­ness.

Phun­gula (27) is the owner of Foodie Kings a Port Shep­stone-based com­pany in KwaZulu-Na­tal that man­u­fac­tures or­ganic chilli paste, chilli sauces, peri-peri sauce, mari­nade sauce and chilli mayo.

It sup­plies lo­cal su­per­mar­kets, cater­ers, shisa-nyama eater­ies and flea mar­kets.

At this year’s eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Busi­ness Fair, Phun­gula walked away with R19 000 for the Best Ex­hi­bi­tion Stand.

On top of this he was ap­proached by the Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre to sup­ply his lemon and herb sauce. Phun­gula told Vuk’uzen­zele that when he started Foodie Kings he had only R30 in his pocket.

“I did ex­ten­sive re­search about the chilli sauces on the in­ter­net. I then de­cided to take, leap of faith and started the busi­ness.”

He be­gan with his orig­i­nal chilli sauce us­ing cayenne pep­per and peo­ple love it.

“I ap­proached the uMzumbe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity for a busi­ness devel­op­ment grant be­cause I wanted to buy an in­dus­trial ma­chine that would be used for crush­ing and cook­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the sauce.”

Phun­gula’s busi­ness went

A CHILLI SAUCE busi­ness is tan­ta­lis­ing the taste buds in KwaZulu-Na­tal.

to new heights when the uMzumbe and Ugu Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity helped pro­cure two ma­chines to run his busi­ness.

He adds that he pro­duces about 1 500 bot­tles of chili sauce a day.

“I have em­ployed two peo­ple who are as­sist­ing me. I de­cided to use a co-op­er­a­tive owned by women in uMzimkhulu who sup­ply us with chill­ies just to sup­port other black busi­nesses,” he said.

Phun­gula said run­ning a food busi­ness has its own chal­lenges be­cause one needs to com­ply with health reg­u­la­tions.

Phun­gula said even though the busi­ness started off slowly, he knew that it would grow one day.

Nkosi Phun­gula runs a thriv­ing chilli paste busi­ness.

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