HAWKERS: Thabang Pkgope and Leepile Mompe, fourth year BEd students selling snacks to other students. Photo: Sinikiwe Mqadi

HAWKERS: From left, Thabang Pkgope and Leepile Mompe, fourth year BEd students selling snacks to other students. Photo: Sinikiwe Mqadi

 

Students on the Wits Education campus are selling snacks on campus to raise transport money and improve their entrepreneurship skills.

Thabang Pkgope and Leepile Mompe, both fourth year BEd students, have a table at Bohlaling Block on the Education campus where they sell cheap snacks to other students.

Pkgope said their business is getting support both from students and lecturers, “but I will not mention names”, he says.

They use their profits to cover some of their expenses, including transport.

“Through this business I now afford taxis to come to school,” said Pkgope.

One of their customers, third-year BEd student Jonas Manganye, said they support Pkgope and Mompe’s business because it is affordable compared to other shops and restaurants on campus.

Beverly Blake, a Business Studies lecturer, said she is happy that students are building their entrepreneurship skills “as long as it does not affect their academics”.

Pkgope said he hopes the university will help them get a proper place to expand their business and sell more things like sandwiches and vetkoeks.