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Omphile Mpshe says there is nothing better than running his own health-food shop

By unknown | Aug 13, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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"Every time a plate or a cup breaks, it's like my own heart is breaking with it because now the cost of replacing it is for my expense."

This is the biggest difference between being a manager of a business and running your own shop, says Omphile Mpshe, a joint venture partner of a Kauai store in Daytona.

Mpshe, 28, started his career with the health-food chain as a third store manager in Kauai's Sandton City outlet in 2002.

Today he owns a 49percent stake in the Daytona branch and in November he will become a partial owner of a second shop, which is due to open in Benmore Gardens.

Mpshe is no stranger to being a business owner. When he was in grade 11, he partnered his mother in a catering business, which is still going strong today.

After matric, Mpshe, who had always being passionate about the hospitality industry, won a bursary that took him to Malaysia where he studied hotel management.

Upon his return he joined a golf and country estate where he worked his way up from being one of the kitchen staff to being a food and beverage manager before leaving to join Kauai.

Kauai has entered into partnership with state-owned financier Industrial Development Corporation. Under the agreement, the franchise will sell a portion of the business to its employees who have proven their excellence over three years.

Geli Briolas, operations director at Kauai's head office, says: "We want to help employees who would, on their own, be unable to get their own shop."

Mpshe says: "Nothing feels better than running my own shop and the stability that comes with it,"


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