Lockdown has taken away livelihood, source of income and assets for many South Africans and others around the globe. Many people have been left clueless with no ideas to make money, entrepreneurship has been recommended by many during this time even president Cyril Ramaphosa doing so in one of his address.
The Hlungwani siblings Patty and Basi decided to not sit down and wait for the government to come to their rescue and by themselves reconstructed their mother’s house in Alexandra to launch a Laundromat during the gradual phasing of corona virus lockdown regulations. The Laundromat was launched in level 3 of the restrictions and is operating at their home no. 125-15th avenue Alexandra.
Their washing service which includes (blankets, curtains, sneakers, clothes and duvets) is not bound to Alexandra only but also cater to nearby areas like Kevin, Lombardy and other suburbs.
Several reasons were given by the siblings for the Laundromat, including the township being congested and many families not having a space for laundry lines “Many families in Alexandra have to wake up early in the morning to book lines in this cold weather and we saw that as an opportunity to assist them in taking care of their dirty laundry.”
“There’s also an issue of people having to social distance and stay indoors. We know many old people are at most risk of catching the virus and if they have any chronic illness it means they will be at risk of losing their lives.” Said the sisters.
With lockdown several people lost their jobs and with this initiative the sisters will assist few people they will be hiring to put bread on the table in this difficult economic time.
In their business the sisters will also be selling dish washing soaps, toilet rolls, liquid fish washer, handy andy and other multi-purpose cleaners this will come as help for their customers since it’s said the public should avoid busy places like malls, supermarkets and spaza’s where there’s a overcrowding of people.
The laundry collects and delivers which makes them the only in the area to offer such services.
Appointments can be made through WhatsApp: 071 562 7859 (Patty), 073 075 8724 (Tumi). Email can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.