• Two long-time friends have launched a new business that prepares and delivers traditional African food to Joburg's northern suburbs.
  • The most popular dishes are mogodu (tripe), "hard body" chicken and dumplings.

Traditional African meals are hearty and delicious, but can also take forever to prepare. For many in the suburbs, the only time they get to savour these delicacies is during big family gatherings.

A newly launched start-up, Roar Foodies, is now aiming to make traditional meals a daily staple of Joburg's northeners. 

Kuthaza Nqodi and Kholosa Nyamakazi have been friends since primary school. Nyamakazi is a caterer and owner of Kayen Creaxions, while Nqodi is in recruitment. After noticing a strong demand for traditional food, they decided to launch Roar Foodies in April. 

Kholosa Nyamakazi
Kuthaza Nqodi

The meals start at R220 for a family of four and they deliver themselves. Roar Foodies is based in Lonehill and delivers to Bryanston, Fourways, Douglasdale and surrounding areas.

Deliveries to Bryanston and surrounding areas come at a small fee, while orders in Fourways and Lonehill are free.

The most popular meals ordered are mogodu (tripe), "hard body" chicken and dumplings. They also offer "skop" (sheep's head), chicken feet, manqina (cow heels) and vetkoek with mince.

"It all started by word of mouth, and it continues to grow by word of mouth," says Nqobi.

"We customise our meals according to what our clients want and if they want braai meat, we provide that for them." The meals are cooked fresh daily and delivered while hot. They hope to continue growing by customising their meals for the various seasons.

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