Feb 06

Gogovuma

by in History & Memories

Gogo Vuma was a businessman from Inanda. He named his shops or businesses Gogovuma the famous name or shops at Inanda. People use his nick name to give directions to each other because he is popular. He got the name Gogovuma from famous businessmen at KwaMaphumulo known as Shezi who named his shops Gogovuma. Actually he stole the name. Gogovuma came at Inanda at the time when iNanda was still underdeveloped.

Gogovuma had no formal education but he use to tell his workers that his driver’s license is his degree/ qualifications. He started a brick business where he traded with sand, bricks and woods. Around 1976 he had about four trucks, unfortunately he was a victim of Inanda 1986 Riots where his trucks and cars were burned down. He has to flee for his life and went back to KwaMaphumulo. After 1986 riots Gogovuma came back to Inanda where he started his business afresh and he was more successful. He employed a lot of youth around Inanda. He is one of the people who started taxi business around Inanda as people were struggling with transportation. Today at Inanda there is a rise in the development of cottages which was one of his best trade.

Source: Interview by Xolani Magwaza with Mr Solomuzi Maphumulo  on 15 January 2013

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