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Josephine Mokgwasa has been running her confectionery business for the past three years. This amazing dame from Kagiso has seen the high and lows of entrepreneurship. Having started as a fashion designer, she has transcended beyond challenges creating stunning elegant clothing including traditional attires and face masks during the peak covid months of 2020. She was not deterred when her sewing machine broke down prior to her venturing into baking. Her company, Mokgwasa Creations has seen large orders of stunning cake products from clients nearby and afar.
In a vibey and classy outlook her trade is moved by innovation, passion by trying out new creative ways to wow her customers with a variety of cake selections. With that she tries to break the stereotype and traditional way while not discarding the basics.
This she learnt at the Pitching college, where she learnt the pitching skill through corporate companies that channelled her to mesmerizing audiences when presenting her stunning products.“Running a business means you know your services or products from heart so at any opportunity when asked to present your product one must respond professionally.” She enthuses.
Furthermore her presentation skills at the BOB, ‘Business On a Bike’ initiative by Enke that saw her and other entrepreneurs each awarded a bicycle for business use (insert right). She uses the acquired two wheels to deliver her orders to clients. “As they see me ride my bike, people make comments, “you’re the first lady in Kagiso to deliver cookies on a bicycle, you inspire us, how did you get it?” Other than that, the bike company also added a relief fund for rising entrepreneurs to keep their businesses afloat during the lockdown period.
Josephine enrolled for her confectionery course at the Chief Mogale’s Motswako Bakery where she was trained on baking various products for the industry, learning the hands-on professional daily operations on running a confectionery business. She currently does not have the full baking equipment but can handle large orders. “I get orders from as far as Limpopo,” she claims. More orders from local people, Soweto, Randfontein, etc, ordering 20 litre buckets.
“I cater for funerals, weddings, parties, gala dinners, office events, etc.” Apart from empowering secondary sellers, her vision is to create a market day on weekends, where she would distribute to prominent malls like Key west, President Hyper, Westgate, in Soweto, etc, growing her business. The dame also has a vision of being an online tutor creating videos for her audience. Her creativity and good heart has seen her sponsor the breakfast show at the local West Side FM, mentioned the station’s Head of News, Kelebogile Segomoco. She concludes with the idea of creating a sit-in bakery where people can come in and enjoy the goodies on display!
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Jerry Sokhupe Soweto Sunrise News