July 2018 2nd Edition

Flo saves her dough to become a pizza queen

Written by Nonkululeko Mathebula
She may be a rebel but the Pretoria go-getter has pizza lovers lining up for more.

Florence Ndlovu is proof that hard work really does pay off. Over the years, she has managed to save up enough money to make her dreams come true. Florence Ndlovu living her life to the fullest as an entrepreneur in the pizza industry.

Popularly known as Flo, the 35-year-old from Pretoria owns a Rebels Pizza outlet in Tshwane and is set to take an even bigger slice of the market.

Speaking to Vuk’uzenzele, Ndlovu said she has always wanted to own a pizza franchise. “It sure was a struggle because I initially didn’t have the funds but I never let go of my dreams. Instead, I worked for different companies over the years, gaining experience and saving money. I also refrained from cashing out my pension fund when I changed jobs.”

Eventually, Ndlovu had saved up R100 000. She resigned from her job, put down a deposit on a Rebels Pizza outlet in Middestad Mall and negotiated a payment plan. Four months ago, her sacrifice and dedication paid off when her first pizza was served to her first customer.

Although new-kid-on-the-block Rebels Pizza is relatively unknown, Ndlovu’s store attracts over 500 customers a week. Her business currently employs 13 young people from Pretoria and surrounding areas and she intends recruiting more as the business continues to grow.

“I cannot stress how important it is to never give up on your dreams. At no point did I ever think that my business would grow so big in such a short space of time and I’m thankful to all those who’ve supported it and continue to do so.

“It is because of this that I get to really see that ‘motho ke Motho ka batho (a person is a person because of other people),” said Florence, who added that her plans are to ultimately run a chain of Rebels Pizza stores and contribute meaningfully to society.

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