TSC gives Eastern Cape business owner wings to fly 

One of many of Ncebakazi Sobai’s products

In 2019, Ncebakazi Sobai, owner of Sobag Trading, made a breakthrough against the odds, thanks to the assistance of TSC. She had been selling her products as a hawker. She used public transport.

Her ongoing benefits from engaging with the TSC are: skills upgrade, closeness of resource, continuous product improvement, proper product testing which assures quality, market readiness, and continuous coaching and mentorship. Through MUT incubation, Sobag Trading is now ready for to be a fully functional chemical industry. The company produces detergents, pine gel, multi-cleaners, hard surface cleaners, dishwashing liquid, bleach, and laundry washing powder.

In addition, Sobag is one of the beneficiaries of virtual sanitizer training which took place just before the first lock down in March 2020. Sobag has grown even further as the demand for the sanitizers has grown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ncebakazi said they wanted to include beauty products and green detergents in the range. She currently supplying local retailers and many informal shops at Umthatha area. The Umthatha-based company has three permanent staff, including the owner. Ncebakazi said they hire more staff on a temporary basis if there is a demand.