Pick n Pay has worked with three Gauteng-based entrepreneurs to open spaza stores through its modernisation programme. The programme allows entrepreneurs to remain independent, while helping them incorporate new systems and upskill them regarding their retailing expertise.
The spaza modernisation programme
Since its launch in Gauteng in 2016, Pick n Pay’s programme has helped open 20 stores. Pick n Pay provides mentorship and training to help store owners and their staff enhance their skills.
Pick n Pay’s deputy CEO, Richard van Rensburg, said, “We believe successful businesses help the broader community and with this programme we have the opportunity to work alongside township retailers to either help build or grow their business”.
BVN Market, Mohlakeng: BVN Market, owned by Vusi Ndhlovu, was opened 20 December 2018 in Mohlakeng. The programme helped the store to double in size to 129 sq m (including a bottle store of 63 sq m). It has also helped increase Ndhlovu’s staff from six to 16.
Dinny's Market, Sebokeng: Entrepreneur, Johannes Letswalo, opened Dinny's Market in Sebokeng in November 2018, creating 23 jobs for first-time workers.
Summore Market, Tembisa: Pick n Pay helped Pilane Kwakwa open Summore Market in Tembisa on 7 December 2018. The 503 sq m store has already created employment for 19 people.
Stores help to serve their communities better
The new spaza stores will offer their communities greater convenience, job opportunities and improved access to affordable goods and services. Pick n Pay equips the stores with new technologies, branded products and refrigeration.
The stores are supplied with 1,300 lines of fresh produce, perishables and non-food products and a bakery, butchery and deli area. Services including bill payments, data, lottery tickets and money transfer are also available.