The Story Of Grub Worx & Bunz

Tiyani Maluleke swopped his spanners for spatulas when he lost his income prior to the pandemic and now makes a living selling food in Chiawelo , Soweto, from a truck he built himself.

Maluleke, a qualified mechanic, built the cart and bakkie he operates from. A family friend lent him the utensils, like an electric pan and a portable fryer, needed to start his business.

“I started Grub Worx with literally nothing in May last year,” he said. “I began trading from the pavement outside the house.” But his food stall was not mobile, and moving to different trading locations presented a challenge. So, four months after starting his food journey, Maluleke took a man jor risk: “I took everything in my credit card and bought material to build the shell for my cart.” He merged his mechanical and culinary skills and mounted the kitchen shell on his grey VW Caddy, turning it into a self-made food truck.

“I repaired my car, placed the cart on the back, and we’ve been moving since,” he laughed. “Grub Worx is based on my taste and how I think food should be prepared and presented,” Maluleke said, referring to the influx of fast-food restaurants in townships that prioritise profit over quality. It’s also behind the tag line for his food business, “Tastebud Repairs”

Extracted from News24 article