Busi­ness at pizza out­let is cook­ing

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Galoome Shopane

An Am­Bi­tiouS

Apizza maker in Thaba Nchu is liv­ing his dream and prof­it­ing from his unique busi­ness.

Ke­o­rapetse Se­busi started op­er­at­ing Quin­tos Pizza six months be­fore he of­fi­cially reg­is­tered the out­let be­cause he first wanted to test the mar­ket.

“We tested out the mar­ket for six months, be­cause we wanted to make sure it’s some­thing that we wanted to do and to check whether it would be profitable,” said Se­busi.

Work­ing from a ren­o­vated house garage, the busi­ness has grown into a re­li­able fast food out­let com­pet­ing with big pizza brands.

Fund­ing re­ceived from the Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency (NYDA) gave Se­busi’s busi­ness a boost.

The NYDA as­sisted with equip­ment in­clud­ing a dough mixer, an un­der-counter fridge and a con­ven­tional restau­rant oven.

“I’m very grate­ful for the sup­port and as­sis­tance from the NYDA as the fund­ing they gave us was a huge step­ping stone in the growth of the busi­ness. Our cus­tomers are also happy that we are able to de­liver on time,” said Se­busi.

With an ever-grow­ing clien­tele Quin­tos Pizza em­ploys six per­ma­nent em­ploy­ees.

“We plan to ex­pand the busi­ness’s op­er­a­tions to a much big­ger and bet­ter equipped space,” Se­busi ex­plained.

He has dreams to grow the busi­ness.

“I’d like to see Quin­tos Pizza as a sta­ble brand and reg­is­tered as a fran­chise, but first I want to see it as a fully es­tab­lished food out­let in Thaba Nchu.”

Al­though Quin­tos Pizza is now a suc­cess, Se­busi ex­plained that it wasn’t easy to grow the busi­ness.

“It’s been al­most two years now try­ing to get this dream of Quin­tos Pizza alive and it hasn’t been easy, but hav­ing pa­tience, per­se­ver­ance, know­ing that in the process there are ups and downs and dis­ci­pline has pulled us through,” added the mo­ti­vated en­tre­pre­neur.

Al­though Quin­tos Pizza, sells pizza pri­mar­ily, it also of­fers but­ter chicken and naan, tacos and shawarma “to of­fer our cus­tomers va­ri­ety”.

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