Vusi Vokwana is a seasoned retailer with a specific focus on the township market. The director of Kasi Catalyst is passionate about stimulating the township economy - she negotiated with Cape Town Municipality for the transfer of 150 shops in Langa, Gugulethu and Nyanga to historical tenants at discounted rates and also played a key part in the opening of the first Pick n Pay Market Store in the Western Cape. Prior to this, Vusi had a successful career in private banking.
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Below is a preview of what you can expect to learn in this recipe.
1 - Were There Factors In Your Childhood That Inspired You To The Entrepreneur Life?
2 - What Is Kasi Catalyst And What Was The Reason For Starting It?
3 - What Does The Term 'Bottom Of The Pyramid' Mean?
4 - What Are The Biggest Misconceptions Around Township Economics?
5 - What Frustrates You About Corporate Preconceptions Of Township Citizens?
6 - As An Entrepreneur How Did You Deal With Crime In The Township?
7 - What Is A Critical Insight Entrepreneurs Should Know About Doing Business In The Township?
8 - What Are Some Of Your Lived Experiences As A Black Consumer In Urban Spaces?
9 - What Is It Like To Manage Cash In A Township Business?
10 - What Advice Do You Have For An Entrepreneur Who Wants To Start A Business In A Township?
About This Recipe
South African townships are a largely neglected market of untapped business potential. However, due to misconceptions, spatial inequality and apartheid legacies, doing business in the townships is particularly challenging for most. Despite this, Vusi Vokwana is on a mission to revitalise the township economy. In 10 impassioned bites, the director of Kasi Catalyst reveals what it takes to build and maintain successful, impactful businesses in disconnected communities like the townships of South Africa.
What You'll Learn
Vusi Vokwana is a township retail specialist and the director of Kasi Catalyst, an agency that’s committed to changing the perception of the township and keeping township money in the townships.
In her own words, Vusi is ‘a mushroom’, someone who can grow anywhere. The talent extends to her business capabilities and she is proving that she is just as effective at growing a business anywhere, no matter the conditions. In this recipe, Vusi shares how to revitalise businesses in townships across South Africa.
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