Popularly referred to as spinach king, Lufefe Nomjana, is a Khayelitsha-based entrepreneur who produces baked goods and refreshments that have spinach as a main ingredient.
How it all started:
In 2011, Nomjana started his business with just as little as a R40, with four bunches of spinach and his big idea. This is where he was motivated and turned 24 loaves into 120 making enough money to purchase his own equipment and employ people.
As the business was thriving, in 2014, he opened his first bakery in Khayelitsha Spar.
In addition, Nomjana started his business because he wanted to promote the concept of healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle without making people conform to new ways of eating but to make nutrition as part of people’s daily lives. This is where Lufefe saw the need for nutritious food because of the devastating disease factors and something that is hardly considered in the townships.
Ever since then, he has shown no signs of slowing down his franchise business with currently five stores in Phillipi, Khayelitsha, Old Mutual among other places also getting opportunities to distribute his products into different outlets in the Western Cape.
Helping the community in Khayelitsha:
With the love of his community, Lufefe aims to be a good role model to youngsters in the township to teach them how to grow vegetables that will help them live a good healthy lifestyle.
According to healthline, spinach contains all six major classes of nutrients – such as vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, B9, and E. Spinach is also an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. Which packs high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium.
You can get yourself a spinach bread at a few local stores and delis in Cape Town, or take a drive to Khayelitsha and meet the inspiring King himself.