Yandisa Langa is the founder and owner of Mountain Tomatoes. He produces and supplies tomatoes to local vegetable stalls, supermarkets and restaurants. He pitched his business idea at an organisation called Living Hope, which helps young people with loans to start-up businesses. He obtained a loan of R30 000 and used it to rent space and produce tomatoes in May 2016. Yandisa struggled with his marketing strategy, competing with big farms and pricing strategy.
The centre for entrepreneurship made a call out to graduates and existing students of False Bay College to enter a competition called Poster and Pitch. Yandisa entered as a graduate and won a Gold Award of R15 000 towards his business. Yandisa intends to use this money to pay off his loan, he also wants to register his business and the centre has then taken him on as a beneficiary. He has also been sponsored to attend a Branding workshop to the value of R3 000 for his business (Over the Rainbow).
Yandisa is happy to have obtained R15 000 to reduce the business loan amount. The business is doing well, currently supplying Food Lovers, The Food Barn, Easy Big and Café Roux. His future plans include adding more products like spinach, spring onion to name a few and would need to work on his marketing strategy.
The centre for entrepreneurship is examining the possibility of running an indigenous/food nursery at Westlake campus next to the rapid hub.
Yandisa recently won a first prize of R6 000 with Engen Pitch and Polish which was held at False Bay College in Khayelitsha campus and will be going through to the national round to compete with winners of the other cities where Pitch and Polish was held.