16 June 2019


Maize Cup a boost to local business

by: Kagiso Metswamere   date: 20 july 2018

Small entrepreneurs in Matlosana Local Municipality took advantage of the 2018 Maize Cup soccer tournament by selling their products and services to soccer loving fans who went in their numbers to James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney last Saturday.
They sold food, branded soccer regalia and offered photographic services among others, to fans from various parts of the province and the country who came to support their favourite teams.

Semphete spoke to several small entrepreneurs at the stadium and most of them appreciated that their township was hosting the games, saying it was a wonderful occasion that afforded them the opportunity to do business and provide for their families. 

Mary Basele from Jouberton said: “I make a living by selling food in my community and today, through the assistance of my local municipality, I am here to sell food to soccer fans in the stadium.

“This is a good business platform for me and as you can see people are buying my food very fast. It is a good day for me and my family,” Basele said. 

Moses Mathebula is a young local photographer making a living by selling and offering his instant photographic services to the people at various events, including soccer matches.

“I am passionate about photography and chose to make a living out of it. So far my business is doing very well in this tournament.

“People go to stadia and want to capture their moments with friends and family. I help them to do that and it helps me to put food on the table, hence we appreciate games such as the Maize Cup,” he said.

Ikageng Township resident, James Khumalo, who was selling soccer regalia said: “I am a fashion designer who sells different types of clothing, ranging from school uniform, wedding dresses, traditional and all sorts of fashion wear.

“So, today I am selling and promoting my clothing brand for soccer fans. It is pleasing to see people buying and responding positively to my soccer special designs for these games.”

Matlosana Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Maite Kgaile, said the municipality was pleased to see local businesses taking advantage of the games to sell their products and services.

“As a municipality we targeted women and youth in small businesses at our taxi ranks and local communities to come with their products and services before and during the Maize Cup.

“So we are happy to see them doing well in terms of taking care of our visitors while making money for themselves at the same time,” she said.