Suzzie’s Flowers Founders Mr And Mrs Tshetlo Highlight How The Pandemic And Looting Affected Their Business. The Covid-19 pandemic has not only affected the way people interact or do business but it has also managed to close down many business especially small businesses because these are the businesses that are the most vulnerable. The looting also added to the closing of most small businesses as looters were destroying small business and big businesses.
Businesses such as Suzzie’s Flowers, a florist start-up founded by Mr and Mrs Tshetlo in Vosloorus have been negatively affected by both the pandemic and the looting. In an interview with Nedbank the founders highlighted how they were affected, they said, “… it affected us in many ways because, firstly it’s our livelihood and secondly it sustains the family. Things didn’t go according to plan and we had to start over, it disturbed our plans.”
The pandemic really had a negative impact on the business as they had to delay the plans they had for the business. They also couldn’t make as much income as they normally would due to the lockdown restrictions. The unrest and looting added further strain on their flower business as they had to start over and this disturbed their future plans.
They also stated the reason as to why they opened their flower business in the township instead of the suburbs, they said, “We decided to start this business in the township so we could teach people about flowers, I looked around and noticed, this business doesn’t exist in the township and I wish young people, especially women and young ladies, wouldn’t take it lightly. You can live off of it.” The founders seek to show people in the township that it is possible to start this type of business in the township and still succeed as the market is not yet saturated as it is in the suburbs.