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<p><strong>By Kopano Sibeko</strong><br />
info@greateralextoday.co.za</p>

<p>ONLINE shopping has made life easier for people who cannot fi nd time to shop; and this new way of living continues to grow rapidly as a social norm. Like Vuleka, an application created to assist spaza shops and informal traders to purchase their stock online. “Vuleka is a grass roots economic development (GEP) initiative, it is a holistic approach to servicing the informal sector,” says Oscar Monama, head of marketing and strategy at I am Emerge.</p>

<p>He said the main objective of the app is to aggregate bulk products on behalf of spaza shops also creating a way for the owners to buy their stock cheaper and have it delivered to them for free. He said they realized that there is no unity within local businesses and that gap has created an alarming rate of spaza shops shutting down leading to foreign nationals taking over. Jan Mabena, Head of Trade Marketing unanimously agrees with him, he says that Vuleka aims to bring back the township’s economy and having local shops owned by South Africans will help make sure that the money is filtered back to the community.</p>

<p>“We saw an opportunity that there is a need and we are trying to create an eco-system in the township where we want to cultivate the culture of black people supporting each other and want to instil that positive mind shift,” he added. “Another layer to this is that we are creating employment for the unemployed youth,” says Brian Head of operations. He says that the application will not only benefit the shop owners, but the youth as well.</p>

<p>“We want them to develop as well as experience. We will give them a chance to build themselves.” “We’ve spoken to some shop owners and they are lighting up to the idea. We are very positive with our approach but we are not naïve in thinking that everyone will understand it. We are positive that as we go along even the people who are sceptical will be soon changing their tune,” Monama said. This optimistic trio will be launching their app Vuleka at San Kopano on the 27th of May.</p>
Shopping online gets the nod

By Kopano Sibeko
info@greateralextoday.co.za

ONLINE shopping has made life easier for people who cannot fi nd time to shop; and this new way of living continues to grow rapidly as a social norm. Like Vuleka, an application created to assist spaza shops and informal traders to purchase their stock online. “Vuleka is a grass roots economic development (GEP) initiative, it is a holistic approach to servicing the informal sector,” says Oscar Monama, head of marketing and strategy at I am Emerge.

He said the main objective of the app is to aggregate bulk products on behalf of spaza shops also creating a way for the owners to buy their stock cheaper and have it delivered to them for free. He said they realized that there is no unity within local businesses and that gap has created an alarming rate of spaza shops shutting down leading to foreign nationals taking over. Jan Mabena, Head of Trade Marketing unanimously agrees with him, he says that Vuleka aims to bring back the township’s economy and having local shops owned by South Africans will help make sure that the money is filtered back to the community.

“We saw an opportunity that there is a need and we are trying to create an eco-system in the township where we want to cultivate the culture of black people supporting each other and want to instil that positive mind shift,” he added. “Another layer to this is that we are creating employment for the unemployed youth,” says Brian Head of operations. He says that the application will not only benefit the shop owners, but the youth as well.

“We want them to develop as well as experience. We will give them a chance to build themselves.” “We’ve spoken to some shop owners and they are lighting up to the idea. We are very positive with our approach but we are not naïve in thinking that everyone will understand it. We are positive that as we go along even the people who are sceptical will be soon changing their tune,” Monama said. This optimistic trio will be launching their app Vuleka at San Kopano on the 27th of May.

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