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3 May 2022

Kota. Sphathlo. Bunny chow. – One popular dish in Mzansi is called by many names and most loved, wherever it is prepared. In as much as our foodies have created various breakfast kotas and many others – Potato Nation caught up Rounah Bogopa (39), whose family business of kotas in Mamelodi has been going strong […]

Kota. Sphathlo. Bunny chow. – One popular dish in Mzansi is called by many names and most loved, wherever it is prepared. In as much as our foodies have created various breakfast kotas and many others – Potato Nation caught up Rounah Bogopa (39), whose family business of kotas in Mamelodi has been going strong since 2009.

The kota family business is managed by Rounah’s mom, Lovely Sheila Bogopa (59). According to Rouna, a kota is not a kota without slap chips. At the very basic of this kasi favourite, lies potato chips and atchar – and this can be topped up with an egg, cheese, Russians, palony and more. Her kotas range from R12 to R25 – and were praised for offering a traditional classic potato-infused street food at an affordable price.

To make sure that they never run out of kotas, they predominantly stock up their potatoes at a local informal trader who sells 10kg bags of potatoes by the side of the road. “Potato informal traders empower other informal traders like my mom. We are all interconnected – and through them, we can empower ourselves and better our lives,” concludes Rounah Bogopa.

Text / Author: Phindiwe Nkosi

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