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Beneficiary of the week: Thamsanqa Gcaba

Thamsanqa Gcaba, a 30-year-old young man, from Stanger in Kwa-Zulu Natal, has demonstrated that no situation can hinder an individual who has a strong willingness to succeed. This attitude prevailed following his car accident in 2008 where he was left physically challenged, which affected his performance in matric.

Gcaba continued to triumph even though his physical condition may have painted a picture of complete impossibility in the eyes of many. He runs Thembela Projects and Logistics, a mobile kitchen business that sells food and has two (2) employees.
He had always wanted to have his own business, and his dream materialised when he obtained a school feeding contract in 2013. He was using a gazebo tent as a shelter for cooking and running of his business at the time. However, the shelter posed a number of challenges as it could not stand windy, dusty and rainy weather. The business was also experiencing problems with managing the cash flow to such an extent that it ended up shutting down.
Gcaba decided to visit the NYDA where information about the Agency’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) was also shared, which he attended in 2015. He later applied for the NYDA Grant Fund to buy a mobile kitchen and it was approved to the value of R42.568.00. The trailer was designed according to his specifications in order to allow him easy access and movement with the wheelchair.
He has also applied for the NYDA Voucher Programme for branding and is currently waiting for assessment. Thamsanqa serves as an inspiration to other young people. He often receives invitations from various community members, schools and organisations to publicly share his story and give hope to others.
‘I want to create a platform of hope in my family and community. There are many opportunities that the government has created for the youth. It is a matter of seeking more information than entertainment,” said Gcaba.