Business thrives on polling day

COOKING UP A STORM: Gerda Cadier flips pancakes at the Despatch NG Kerk where the kitchen ran smoothly as voters braved the early rain to cast their votes. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
COOKING UP A STORM: Gerda Cadier flips pancakes at the Despatch NG Kerk where the kitchen ran smoothly as voters braved the early rain to cast their votes. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

ENTREPRENEURS came in all shapes and sizes in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday, from a rubbish collector in a DA T-shirt to an executive coffee cart powered by its own generators.

Street vendors also sold everything from potato chips to pancakes at a number of voting stations around the city.

And a team from the Eendrag NG Kerk in Despatch went all out to cash in on the long queues.

Church members had a number of braai stands set up with packs of boerewors and pork sausages cooking.

Voters at Newton Technical High School in Newton Park could sip on a latté or cappuccino while they queued to vote outside the busy voting station.

Mother and son business partners Tess and Wesley Heine of Oh-my Coffee said the rainy weather had been good for their coffee cart business.

“We spoke to the DA’s Bobby Stevenson who said this would be a strong polling station with lots of feet. Our business has been good so far,” Tess said.

The coffee cart, run by two generators, consists of a state-of-the-art coffee machine.

At the nearby Newton Park Library, the Graze and Go food caravan offered voters a selection of drinks along with boerewors, cheesegrillers, wraps and breakfast rolls.

Owner Didi Ponzo, who lives around the corner from the library, said she had been fairly busy, especially in the early morning, with breakfast rolls and coffee.

“People would just pop out of line, buy their food and take their place in the queue again. We did ask for permission from the IEC to sell food here,” Ponzo said. The family business is run by Didi and her husband, Robert Ponzo, who move around at festivals and markets in the city.

Directing voters’ cars outside the Newton Park Library was intrepid car guard Jonathan April of Gelvandale, who said it was his duty to help voters.

“The pharmacy is closed where I normally work as a parking guard so I am making some money here to pay for my lunch today,” April said.

One of the most ingenious entrepreneurs of the day was Andile Noqole, a rubbish collector who works at the busy Buffelsfontein and Seventeenth Avenue intersection in Walmer.

He decided to wear a blue DA T-shirt a woman in a DA-marked car gave him a few days ago.

“I have been a lot busier today,” smiled Noqole, who collects garbage from people’s vehicles in exchange for small change or donations.

In Zwide, New Brighton and Kwazakhele, thousands of people queued for hours to vote and a bunch of enterprising residents set up shop to sell sweets, fruit, muffins, chips, cigarettes and packets of crumbled chocolates.

Most of the hawkers said they could not miss an opportunity like yesterday, where people were bound to get hungry standing in the long queues.

Shouting the prices of the merchandise, some set up their stalls outside the gates while the younger ones moved up and down the line trying to entice the voters. – 

Thulani Gqirana, Rochelle de Kock, Cindy Preller and Gareth Wilson gqiranat@timesmedia.co.za

ENTREPRENEURS came in all shapes and sizes in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday, from a rubbish collector in a DA T-shirt to an executive coffee cart powered by its own generators.

Street vendors also sold everything from potato chips to pancakes at a number of voting stations around the city.

And a team from the Eendrag NG Kerk in Despatch went all out to cash in on the long queues.

Church members had a number of braai stands set up with packs of boerewors and pork sausages cooking.

Voters at Newton Technical High School in Newton Park could sip on a latté or cappuccino while they queued to vote outside the busy voting station.

Mother and son business partners Tess and Wesley Heine of Oh-my Coffee said the rainy weather had been good for their coffee cart business.

“We spoke to the DA’s Bobby Stevenson who said this would be a strong polling station with lots of feet. Our business has been good so far,” Tess said.

The coffee cart, run by two generators, consists of a state-of-the-art coffee machine.

At the nearby Newton Park Library, the Graze and Go food caravan offered voters a selection of drinks along with boerewors, cheesegrillers, wraps and breakfast rolls.

Owner Didi Ponzo, who lives around the corner from the library, said she had been fairly busy, especially in the early morning, with breakfast rolls and coffee.

“People would just pop out of line, buy their food and take their place in the queue again. We did ask for permission from the IEC to sell food here,” Ponzo said. The family business is run by Didi and her husband, Robert Ponzo, who move around at festivals and markets in the city.

Directing voters’ cars outside the Newton Park Library was intrepid car guard Jonathan April of Gelvandale, who said it was his duty to help voters.

“The pharmacy is closed where I normally work as a parking guard so I am making some money here to pay for my lunch today,” April said.

One of the most ingenious entrepreneurs of the day was Andile Noqole, a rubbish collector who works at the busy Buffelsfontein and Seventeenth Avenue intersection in Walmer.

He decided to wear a blue DA T-shirt a woman in a DA-marked car gave him a few days ago.

“I have been a lot busier today,” smiled Noqole, who collects garbage from people’s vehicles in exchange for small change or donations.

In Zwide, New Brighton and Kwazakhele, thousands of people queued for hours to vote and a bunch of enterprising residents set up shop to sell sweets, fruit, muffins, chips, cigarettes and packets of crumbled chocolates.

Most of the hawkers said they could not miss an opportunity like yesterday, where people were bound to get hungry standing in the long queues.

Shouting the prices of the merchandise, some set up their stalls outside the gates while the younger ones moved up and down the line trying to entice the voters.  – Thulani Gqirana, Rochelle de Kock, Cindy Preller and Gareth Wilson

 

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