Sandisiwe Mbhele
Lifestyle Journalist
4 minute read
24 Jun 2020
8:00 am

This shouldn’t just be a trend… support black-owned businesses

Sandisiwe Mbhele

'If the South African economy is to grow and with it produce sustainable jobs, we need to deliberately buy local and buy black.'

Nilotiqa founder and owner Thokizle Mangwiro.Photo: Twitter @HeyThoko

The politicising of black hair has been done for decades, and black natural products have been shown a lot of love recently on social media around the world. Not only caused by the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States (US), there has been a push and a clear message: support black-owned businesses. This was clear after the viral owner and the brand challenge, when many black consumers noticed that products marketed for them were white-owned. Black natural hair comes with its kinks, coils, and curls and many of these businesses use natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut...