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Some members of DND Social Club at their place of work, Mabopane Station, north of Tshwane. Photo by Abel Mabena  ~ 

EVERY day they sell potatoes, bulk eggs and peanuts at Mabopane Station taxi rank.

Their businesses may be different but what unites them is DND Social Club

DND was formed with only 10 members but over the years other hawkers came on board. The membership now stands at 45.

The club is made up of young and old men and women from Mabopane, north of Tshwane.

Chairman Samuel “Sthimbane” Themba, who had an important role during the club’s creation, said: “The aim of our club is to uplift small business owners because if we stand united we have a better chance of winning.

“So we organised ourselves as a hawker collective.”

Members of DND meet daily between 4pm and 5pm to contribute R20 or more each.

“Because we all run stalls we value punctuality so as not to disrupt each other’s trading.

“We avoid petty politics and other forms of dilly dallying. We focus on club business only.”

Latecomers pay a R200 fine to tell everyone that respect costs time and time costs money.

“The money collected is deposited in the club account and the total savings are shared every six months.”

The longest serving member, Florah Mashao, said: “Because of DND, our children go to school.

“The club works because we are dedicated to make it work.”

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