Mokgadi Shikwambaha, Lebo Mokoena, Jermaine Adems and Mapula Rampedi. Picture: Supplied
Mokgadi Shikwambaha, Lebo Mokoena, Jermaine Adems and Mapula Rampedi. Picture: Supplied

Entrepreneurs thrive at pop-up shops at OR Tambo International

By Lifestyle reporter Time of article published Jan 31, 2020

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Airports are one of the busiest places worldwide with people arriving, or departing to various destinations. 

At at OR Tambo International Airport, there's a always a person who is looking for a gift for friends and family, which is why Goodbye  Malaria branded merchandise saw an opportunity and seized it by selling  brightly coloured shweshwe soft toys, toiletry bags, clothing, and other gifts.

The brand (Goodbye Malaria) has  pop-up shops which are part of an innovative partnership with Airports Company South Africa and  Goodbye Malaria. The initiative not only employs young people living near the airport, but also raises  funds to fight malaria on the ground in Mozambique. 

Lebo Mokoena. 

Lebo Mokoena (32) is one of the young entrepreneurs who was awarded 50% equity in the  stores by Goodbye Malaria and Airports Company South Africa after her plans of studying journalism failed. 

“Initially, I started off managing two carts at O.R. Tambo International Airport. I was trained on how  to recruit a good team and I was even allowed to recruit my own team. I was trained on basic business  administration, operations, stock management, merchandising, customer service, banking, staff  scheduling, payroll and everything from the opening procedure to the closing procedure. This really  enabled me to understand how to run a retail business," said Mokoena. 

She also plans on taking up even bigger space at the airport. 

“In the next two to three years my plan is to have my own beauty spa franchise operating at the airports, most airports currently don't have a nail bar and this a gap I plan to fill," she added. 

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