Man­dela Day gift to hawk­ers

Go! & Express - - BUSINESS PAGE - SIVENATHI GOSA

MIS­SION Hold­ing Group (MHG) is hon­our­ing Nel­son Man­dela’s legacy of go­ing out and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the less for­tu­nate mem­bers of so­ci­ety.

The com­pany has iden­ti­fied hawk­ers who need a safe venue to ply their trade on the streets of Kidds Beach.

Mar­ket­ing man­ager, Natalie Kriel, said they have used their re­sources in build­ing the struc­tures in con­junc­tion with the #Ac­tionA­gain­stPoverty cam­paign.

“These en­trepreneurs re­quired a safe place to sell their goods as they of­ten walk up and down long stretches of roads filled with con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles, dust, and sand to sell their meals of the day,” Kriel said.

“That is why MHG has taken the ini­tia­tive in cre­at­ing a place of safety: a cov­ered shel­ter with a ta­ble where they are able to dis­play their goods for the cus­tomers, make meals, and store items out of the sun and rain when the weather is ad­verse.”

Kriel said the new work­place would as­sist traders greatly, as it availed them more space to work in a safe environment. Work­ers flock to the stand dur­ing lunchtime, so it will be safe for the cus­tomers too.

Hawker Zameka Sipukuza said she was grate­ful for what MHG had done for them.

“I am grate­ful for what they have done be­cause we walk long dis­tances from home with our mer­chan­dise. It is more chal­leng­ing now in win­ter be­cause it is dark and cold. The shel­ter is go­ing to make a huge dif­fer­ence in our lives.”

Kriel said: “We are proud to play a part in their suc­cess sto­ries as we help grow their busi­ness ven­tures.”

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FEEL SO GOOD: Zameka Sipukuza in her new shel­ter pro­vided by Mis­sion Hold­ing Group as part of their Nel­son Man­dela Day out­reach

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