This is the shortened version of an article by Thembelani Mkhize, who hails from Mpophomeni in the Midlands. Thembelani, a freelance writer, copywriter and marketing solutions man, has provided a number of articles for The Meander Chronicle over the past few years.
Meet Chef Nokwanda Maphumulo from Edendale in Pietermaritzburg.
Chef Nokwanda is what you might call a pastry guru and she plans on sharing some of that “self-raising flour of confidence” with other women from the Midlands and around the country.
Maphumulo runs a company called Mazikode Events and this is her fairy-tale story, which has turned into reality.
Born in Edendale, Maphumulo attended high school at Cool Air Secondary School in Dalton. She lived with her grandmother Nomusa Madonsela for most of her childhood in New Hanover before moving back to Edendale.
“I had big dreams of being a TV personality or actor but my dad wanted me to become a doctor,” says Maphumulo. “I tried to follow my dad’s dream but, having developed a love for cooking, the chef in me was too strong.”
And thank goodness, when you see the amazing treats she churns out in her busy catering “office”.
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Maphumulo attended the Fern Hill Hotel training college near Howick from 2018 and she’s been learning and nurturing her business ideas ever since.
Maphumulo recently started Mazikode Events, which offers services such as catering and decor for corporate and social events, private and family gatherings, and she churns out all kinds of more-ish cakes and platters, be it for a wedding, birthday or business.
“I consider myself a pastry giant” says Nokwanda, “not to say that I’m not good at other aspects but pastry is my first love”.
She knows there’s loads of competition out there and she needs to come up with innovative ideas, while ensuring quality at all times to make it in this tough game.
To find out more about this dynamic PMB food entrepreneur and baking creative, who has a passion for women empowerment, click on the link here.