SENZO MNCADI (32)

Destiny Man - - ED’S NOTE -

Co-founder: Love Revo, Jo­han­nes­burg

Five years ago, Mncadi quit his job in prop­erty sales in

Mabo­neng to cre­ate a café that would of­fer an un­for­get­table vibe, com­ple­mented by chic decor and de­li­cious African cui­sine.

To­day, Love Revo, on the cor­ner of Fox and Betty Streets, is the place to be seen for lo­cals and tourists, an un­miss­able land­mark for an area of the city that’s fast rein­vent­ing it­self.

To start the busi­ness, he tapped into his per­sonal sav­ings and roped in a friend as a part­ner. Mncadi’s a hands-on man­ager. “I’m al­ways at the restau­rant, con­stantly look­ing for ways to im­prove our op­er­a­tions and se­cure more pa­trons,” he says.

The stress of grow­ing a brand is off­set by “meet­ing peo­ple from all walks of life who en­joy our food and of­fer us com­pli­ments”.

Mncadi also rents out 12 apart­ments on Airbnb, as well as run­ning a bi­cy­cle hire busi­ness for tourists want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the streets of Jo’burg up close.

For him, run­ning his own suc­cess­ful busi­ness at such a young age means only one thing: “I know there’s a lot com­ing my way.”

The stress of grow­ing a brand is off­set by “meet­ing peo­ple from all walks of life who en­joy our food and of­fer us com­pli­ments”.

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