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Meet Armand and Juan of Bakery & Co. from Polokwane

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Hermaan of Baking Co in Polokwane pouring icing on a cake.

Armand and Juan are twin brothers, but that’s not what they’re known for. At 19, they’re two of the youngest entrepreneurs in Polokwane. 

Small businesses are so important because not only are you helping an entrepreneur, you’re helping people with their personal lives. Not only does it feel great to get support from the community, but you’re also adding to the community, you’re here to make things better. Supporting a big commercial company you’re just buying someone else a new car, but this is actually helping us educate ourselves in new ways.

Their business, Bakery & Co., is how they live out their passion. They strongly believe in no pre-mix and no preservatives so their treats take you back to that proper, home-baked feeling. Armand and Juan love running their bakery in Polokwane. 

It’s quite a small town. It’s easy to start a business because the feedback from customers is thorough. We form one-on-one relationships. These have turned into friendships and these people become your family. The sun is still big enough to shine on everyone here.

And if you have a small business, the founders of Bakery & Co. would love you to know “Patience is key. You have to practice. Have a good relationship with your customer, wait for opportunities, don’t let them go and don’t rush. Take risks but never let your quality slip.” 

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Contributors: Nomathemba Nkosi, Noluthando Pupuma, Vasanthie Naidoo, Faizel Emam, Thobekile Masuku, Michael Smith, Elizabeth Van Der Walt, Solomon Mananga, Willene De Villiers, Louis Petrus Nigrini, Wynand Burger, Gené Strauss, Rudolf du Preez, Ronel Germishuys, Carolyn Malan, Rudolph Dante, Pierre Versfeld, Chantal Bezuidenhuit, Marice Mercuur, Phillip Modiba, Paballo Motsifane, Ben Schempers, Jan Potgieter, Suné Van Jaarsveld, Karen Bezuidenhout, Hendrik Eksteen, Yanick Bathfield, Matthew Brownell, Gregor Rohrig, Robyn Viljoen, Gugulethu Hlekwayo, Lunika Phillip, Caitlyn Leigh and Elton Dick.

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