|Bakery Co-ordinator, Bongani Naholo|
Baking got underway but subsequently had to stop due to a number of obstacles that cropped up.
Most notable were alterations to the buildings and surrounds that needed to be done to comply with municipal health regulations.
In addition, there were power-supply issues with the oven, resulting in it not being able to be used at full capacity.
"In the end, because we simply could not afford to sort out these challenges, we put the bakery operations on hold," says Bongani Naholo, Bakery Co-ordinator.
"But we remained determined to get the bakery up and running again. We applied to the Pick n Pay Foundation for financial assistance and they recently approved a grant that will be used to make changes to the building.
"The area outside, on the pavement, will be tarred to reduce dust and a roof will be erected over the loading area.
"I addition, a bullet-proof window will be installed at the sales point and a drip-curtain will be put in.
"We are in the process of getting quotations from suppliers and, once approved, work will begin. But because of approaching Christmas holidays, that may only happen early next year," he says.
"When the renovations are done we plan to sell our existing oven and put the proceeds towards one that is more energy-efficient and able to bake up to 120 loaves of bread per hour.
"Then we will be able to supply not only the nearby community but also spaza shops in the township."