OK FOODS OPENS AT EZULWINI

OK FOODS OPENS AT EZULWINI

OK Foods has opened its eighth branch in Eswatini, making the fast-growing Ezulwini hamlet its new home. “We thank God for this great day. It is not by our strength or wisdom, but it is through the power and grace of God who is always at work in us,” said entrepreneur Lincoln Motsa during the official opening of the new store last Friday.
“It’s been a long journey. This dream started in 2007, at Logoba, in a small counter store with five employees and a capital investment of less than E50 000,” recounted Motsa. He stated that the Linac Group had nine outlets, boasting a staff complement of close to 500 Emaswati. He said they had finally managed to achieve what they set out
to do from the beginning, which was having stores available and easily accessible along the main corridor of the Kingdom of Eswatini. “With this new store, we now have outlets in Manzini, Matsapha, Ezulwini and Mbabane,” said Motsa. Motsa said retail was a tough and complex industry as it was currently dominated by Asian and other foreign
nationals. He said this made it difficult for the average Liswati to compete. “As an indigenous Swati businessman, I would like to appeal to, and challenge government to consider coming up with incentive schemes for indigenous
Swazi people, such as tax holidays or reliefs, and possibly rebates as our neighboring country, South Africa is doing,” he pleaded. This can help improve the spirit of entrepreneurship among our fellow Swati people. Motsa said supporting local entrepreneurship could improve the economy of the country, as has foreign direct investment. He, however, said growing Eswatini’s own business people and empowering them to think big and come up with large investments was by far better than foreign direct investors who would only come to invest in the country when there was a benefit for them. On another note, Minister of Labour and Social Security Makhosi Vilakati, speaking on behalf of Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade, Mancoba Khumalo, said as a nation Emaswati were greatly
encouraged to see businesses grow as this meant creation of employment opportunities as well as the development of local communities. Vilakati expressed his gratitude to OK Stores for pushing the envelope by grasping the opportunity to cast their net wide enough to reach the Kingdom of Eswatini. “A good, sound investment will always stand out and stand the test of time in the community in which it is placed,” he said. Moreover, the minister
said it was always encouraging to see Emaswati bettering themselves, gainfully employed and contributing to society. He said an investment of this magnitude needed commitment and patience. “Linac Investments has proven through doing what it is best at that it is possible to attain His Majesty’s Vision 2022, where the Kingdom will attain first world status,” said Vilakati.

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