Thalitha Mashego who runs a food business on the Joburg streets.

Johannesburg - Covered in blankets to fight off the icy winds that blows through the streets and corridors of sky scrappers in down town Johannesburg, Thalitha Mashego’s food stall is situated along with a number of other women who operate the same business as hers, selling their wholesome meals.

Mashego makes home cooked meals for people who works and study nearby, charging just R35 per plate.

46-year-old Mashego came to Johannesburg from Limpopo after completing her matric in 1990.

“It was difficult for me to get a job after matric because I didn’t have university qualifications or experience.
“I started by selling sweets, shoes and cigarettes but realised that I wasn’t making a lot of money so I started cooking.” 

Thalitha Mashego who runs a food business on the Joburg streets.

The single mother of two said that once she started with her cooking business, she made enough money to put food on the table for her family. 

“I took both my children through school with the money I make on these streets. They are now grown individuals and I’m still here cooking to make a living,” she said.

Mashego said she wishes that government could assist her and the other women who run their businesses alongside her with funding, so they can work in a less severe environment. 

“If we can get a loan from government for us to buy equipment for our businesses or a building where we can manage to cook in. Now it doesn’t matter if its cold or warm we have to be in the streets to make money,” she said.

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