Young South African businesses on the up and up
June 16th is a public holiday in South Africa that honours the memory of the students who protested against Apartheid education in schools. The date serves to remind us how important the youth are and how instrumental they are in building our future as a country.
In light of this iconic day, we look at three ingenious upstarts who are flying the flag for local business and improving South Africa’s economy.
Capetonian, Dave Hutchison, started Sexy Socks in 2014 after realising that he could marry his love of outrageous socks with social responsibility. Sexy Socks are designed in an array of bright, exciting patterns like polka dots, bicycles, moustaches and even yellow lightning bolts. What makes these socks stand out is that Dave designs and manufactures them solely in Cape Town. Not only that, but the socks are eco-friendly: made from bamboo cotton, they are anti-bacterial, anti-odour and anti-chafe. Not just environmentally responsible, for every Sexy Socks pair you buy, a pair of school socks is donated to a needy child so that they can enjoy warm toes too.
Sexy Socks has collaborated with many local influencers in just two years, from 2Oceansvibe to comedian Siv Ngesi. The most recent “Sock Drop” saw Dave delivering goodies to Marconi Beam Primary School at the Joe Slovo settlement in Cape Town.
New York Slice Pizza
There aren’t many people who are strong enough to resist the delicious taste of bubbling mozzarella, tomato sauce and fresh herbs. New York City is famous for its many pizza joints which serve massive triangles of pizza to anyone needing a tasty snack. Owner Mark Francis knew that it was just what Cape Town needed – he wasn’t wrong. After training in New York City itself, Mark uncovered the secrets of dough, whole milk cheese and marinara, topped with the freshest ingredients.
He worked beside the masters of none other than Joe’s Pizzeria, so famous it was in the Spider-Man film. At NY Slice Cape Town, you can stop by and choose a piece or the whole pizza pie until 2am, making sure no one on Kloof St goes hungry. With a second store in Sea Point just launched, New York is now firmly a part of Cape Town’s food scene.
With an Instagram that thrills and amazes with its confectionery and cake wonders, Tessa’s Bakery has gained many loyal customers thanks to its “just like mom makes” quality. Tessa’s Bakery is a stand-out bakery as it seems that there isn’t anything they can’t bake – from cookie dough cakes to full boxes of assorted cupcakes, biscuits and quiches, your special event is in safe, flour-covered hands. The bakery has become even more popular with a younger client base thanks to well-curated social media, blog and a great website.
Local talent is key to improving the economy and providing new ways to enfranchise your community. These three business minds serve as inspirational examples for if you decide to start your own business venture.