A dream of owning a fully fledged bakery has come true to ten residents who used to sell scones and cakes along the
streets of Huhudi outside Vryburg.
Mathew Gaonakala, a former bread manager at
the Erstwhile Score retail said they had for many years dreamt of owning a
bakery in Huhudi to provide fresh bread to the residents.
He said the new
bakery which has started to operate in less than five month will save residents
travel costs to access bread from town.
are a group of 10 residents. At the time of starting this primary cooperative
we were not working at all. We used to sell scones, biscuits and wedding cakes to
the residents. Many people who had weddings here in the township used to place
orders for wedding cakes.
“We registered Redirile bakery cooperative to beat poverty and unemployment
in our township back in 2009,” Gaonakala said.
He said that they would work hard to create job
opportunities for unemployed people at Huhudi.
supply bread, cakes, scones, biscuits, swiss rolls to local schools, and
tuckshops in the area.
Gaonakala said transportation is the main challenge that hinders the delivery of bread and
cakes to other areas in Naledi local municipality.
the residents Acting MEC for Social Development, Fenny Gaolaolwe
said her department has invested more than R1.3m in Redirile project.
Gaolaolwe said the project team has undergone training on baking, project
management, book keeping and financial management.
will monitor this project and ensure that it is sustainable. We also call on
the residents to support this business by buying bread here,” Gaolaolwe said.
added: “In the fifth administration we have vowed to spend 70% of our budget in
procuring goods in villages so that we develop and grow local economy. Creches, community home based care, tuckshops in this are supposed to buy bread here.”