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By unknown | Jan 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

The first day of school yesterday meant getting back to business for entrepreneurs in Soweto.

It is a very important day for business, said Dacky Tshabalala, who transports pupils of St Peter Claver Catholic School in Pimville.

"You snooze on the first day, you lose. If you miss the introduction with the parents, you have to contend with only a handful of commuters for the rest of the year."

Tshabalala employs one driver, and together they ferry 60 children from their homes in various parts of Soweto.

Manyoni Mabocha of Nyoni's Tuckshop was thrilled at the return of her young customers.

"It was tough during the festive season because I wasn't making money," she said.

Mabocha said her young customers were fickle and "very demanding". "I have to keep them interested in what I am selling.

"So, I have to introduce new and fresh stock or they use their money elsewhere."

She said sweets, fruits, cold drinks, hot dogs and hamburgers were some of the children's favourites.

The primary school ground was abuzz with children eager to start the first day of school.

Principal Flaviana Mosoeu said there was a growing interest in the school. "We already have 100 Grade Ones and a waiting list for 2009. We need more classrooms to accommodate this growth."


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